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Diana Edulji

Diana Eduji
Personal information
Full name
Diana Fram Edulji
Born (1956-01-26) 26 January 1956 (age 68)
Bombay, Bombay State, India
BowlingSlow left arm orthodox
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 3)31 October 1976 v West Indies
Last Test19 February 1991 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 6)1 January 1978 v England
Last ODI29 July 1993 v Denmark
Career statistics
Competition WTest WODI
Matches 20 34
Runs scored 404 211
Batting average 16.16 8.79
100s/50s 0/1 0/0
Top score 57* 25
Balls bowled 5098 1961
Wickets 63 46
Bowling average 25.77 16.84
5 wickets in innings 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a
Best bowling 6/64 4/12
Catches/stumpings 8/– 9/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 25 April 2020

Diana Fram Edulji (born 26 January 1956) is a former Indian Test cricketer.[1] Born in Mumbai to a Parsi family,[2] she was drawn to sports at an early age. She grew up playing cricket with a tennis ball in the railway colony where she lived. She then went on to play basketball and table tennis at the junior national level, before migrating to cricket. At a cricket camp hosted by former Test cricketer Lala Amarnath, she honed her skills. At that time women's cricket was becoming more popular in India. Diana then went on to play for the Railways and then the Indian national cricket team where she was a successful slow left-arm orthodox bowler. She played her first series in 1975. In 1978 she was made the captain of the team. She remains the third highest wicket taker in Tests.[3]

In 1986 Edulji was refused entry to the Lord's Pavilion while captaining India on their tour of England. She quipped that the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) should change its name to MCP ("male chauvinist pigs").[4]

Edulji was the first bowler to take 100 Women's Test wickets, but some of these Tests were later deemed unofficial. As per the official records, she took 63 Women's Test wickets, which is the highest by an Indian player, and the third highest of all time, after Mary Duggan and Betty Wilson.[5] She holds the record for delivering the most balls by any woman cricketer in Women's test history (5098+).[6] She finished with 120 international wickets, which is the highest by a women's cricketer at the time of her retirement.

Diana received India's then greatest sports honour award, the Arjuna Award in 1983. The Government of India awarded her the civilian honour of Padma Shri in 2002.[7] In the same year, she was felicitated by Castrol for her contribution to Indian women's cricket. She was the first Indian women's cricketer to be awarded a benefit match.[citation needed] She was appointed in BCCI administration panel by the Supreme Court of India on 30 January 2017.[8] She became the first woman to be appointed to the BCCI selection panel. In 2023, she was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.[9]



  1. ^ "'BCCI a male chauvinist organisation' Edulji". Archived from the original on 28 August 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  2. ^ "In pictures. Parsi cricketers who have played for India". The Hindu. 9 May 2021. ISSN 0971-751X. Archived from the original on 25 April 2023. Retrieved 25 April 2023.
  3. ^ "Records. Women's Test matches. Bowling records. Most wickets in career". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 29 November 2018. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  4. ^ Hopps, David (29 April 2006). Great Cricket Quotes. Robson Books. p. 143. ISBN 978-1861059673.
  5. ^ "Records. Women's Test matches. Bowling records. Most wickets in career .com". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 17 August 2020. Retrieved 24 November 2022.
  6. ^ "Records. Women's Test matches. Bowling records. Most balls bowled in career". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 23 March 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Diana Edulji, the Cricketer Trusted to Run BCCI". 30 January 2017. Archived from the original on 11 June 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Virender Sehwag, Diana Edulji, and Aravinda de Silva join ICC Hall of Fame". Livemint. 13 November 2023. Archived from the original on 13 November 2023. Retrieved 13 November 2023.

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