Diana Edulji

Diana Eduji
Personal information
Full nameDiana Fram Edulji
Born (1956-01-26) 26 January 1956 (age 63)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
BowlingSlow left arm orthodox
International information
National side
Test debut31 October 1976 v West Indies
ODI debut1 January 1978 v England
Last ODI29 July 1993 v Denmark
Career statistics
Runs scored404211
Batting average16.168.79
Top score57*25
Balls bowled5098+1961
Bowling average25.7716.84
5 wickets in innings10
10 wickets in match0n/a
Best bowling6/644/12
Source: cricinfo, 23 May 2017

Diana Fram Edulji (born 26 January 1956) is a former Indian women's Test cricketer.[1] Born in Mumbai 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,[2] although her ODI record is less impressive.[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]

She holds the record for delivering the most number of balls by any woman cricketer in Women's test history(5098+)[5]

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.[6] Diana lost her four front teeth while playing yet she dedicated herself to the game. She is said to be the greatest Indian woman cricketer of all time.She was appointed in BCCI administration panel by the Supreme Court of India on 30 January 2017[7].



  1. ^ "'BCCI a male chauvinist organisation' Edulji".
  2. ^ "Records | Women's Test matches | Bowling records | Most wickets in career | ESPNcricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Records | Women's One-Day Internationals | Bowling records | Most wickets in career | ESPNcricinfo". Cricinfo. 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 balls bowled in career | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Diana Edulji, the Cricketer Trusted to Run BCCI".

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