Anjum Chopra

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Anjum Chopra
Anjum Chopra (10 March 2009, Sydney).jpg
Personal information
Full name Anjum Chopra
Born (1977-05-20) 20 May 1977 (age 39)
New Delhi, India
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut 17 November 1995 v England women
Last Test 29 August 2006 v England women
ODI debut 12 February 1995 v New Zealand women
Last ODI 21 March 2009 v Australia women
Domestic team information
Years Team
Air India Women
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODI T20I
Matches 12 127 18
Runs scored 548 2856 241
Batting average 30.44 31.38 17.21
100s/50s 0/4 1/18 0/0
Top score 98 100 37*
Balls bowled 258 601
Wickets 2 9 –21
Bowling average 44.00 46.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match n/a n/a
Best bowling 1/9 2/9
Catches/stumpings 13/– 33/– 3/–
Source: Cricinfo, 16 September 2014

Anjum Chopra (born 20 May 1977) is an Indian Women Cricketer. She was born in New Delhi. A sports girl from the start, the first time she stepped on to the ground was at the age of 9. Played her first friendly match with college girls team at the inter college level scoring 20 runs and taking 2 wickets. Later the same year she was selected to play for New Delhi in the under −15 tournament

A sports person, she played various sports at an early age. Represented her school and college team in Athletics, Basketball, swimming. She represented Delhi State team in basketball nationals also.

Made her debut in One-day Internationals , in the early age of 17, on 12 February 1995 against New Zealand at Christchurch, New Zealand, and made her debut in Test cricket a few months later, against England at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on 17 November 1995. Only in her second series for India the same year, she was awarded 'player of the series' in the one day internationals against the visiting England cricket team scoring runs at an average of 67.5 winning the series 3–2

She is a left-handed batswoman who bowls right-arm medium-fast. She has played in 12 Tests and 116 ODIs.[1][2]

Charting out a niche in the male dominated sport in the country, Anjum has broken the glass ceiling to be recognised as the face of women's cricket. A player, captain, consultant, motivational speaker, author, actor she has worn many hats. A go getter and a perfectionist she has been successful in achieving the desired results for the nation and elevating women's sports.

Personal life[edit]

Belongs to a family of sports people.

  • Maternal grandfather Ved Prakash Sahni was athlete and represented Indian team. He was also a cricket commentator
  • Mother, Poonam Chopra has won Goodyear car rally and has been a sports lover and a home maker.
  • Father Krishan Bal Chopra is a golfer
  • Brother Nirvan Chopra has represented Delhi state in Under −17 and Under 19 cricket team
  • Maternal Uncle Rohit Sahni has been a cricketer of repute he has been a wicket-keeper opening batsman for Mayo College and captained Hindu college and Delhi University.
  • Pet lover. Loves to spend time with her pet dogs at her home.

Playing style[edit]

Left hand batter, Right arm medium pace bowler


Anjum Chopra is a Test and One Day International cricketer who represented India women's cricket team. She made her One Day International debut in 1995 against New Zealand at Christchurch. In the first ODI she opened the bowling for India giving 14 runs in her 4 overs. Going in to bat at No:10 for India, she had a crucial partnership of 11 runs to secure the victory for India. She made her Test match debut in November 1995 against England in Calcutta. She was sent in as a night watchgirl against the English team in the fading light of Calcutta in her very first Test match for India. Living up to her coach's confidence in her she successfully batted till the next morning till lunch scoring crucial 27 for her team.

She was made Vice Captain of the Indian team in 2000 Cricinfo world cup, New Zealand. Two player of the match awards and highest scorer from India, Anjum led the batting charts at the world cup till the Indian team lost in the semi-finals to eventual winners New Zealand.

Was made Captain of Indian team in 2002. Her first series as skipper, she led India with 7 debutants to a whitewash win over visiting England side. A record victory. The Indian teams first tour of South Africa saw the Indian team record their first overseas test win with Anjum Chopra scoring match winning 80. Her astute captaincy and using the part-time bowlers got the team 20 South African wickets at Paarl.

In 2005 world cup in South Africa, India reached the finals of the world cup for the first time. She was the top scorer from India and was also the 'player of the match' against England.

In 2009 world cup in Australia, a must win game for India, Anjum scored 76 match winning runs and bagged the 'player of the match' award also. India finished third at the world cup behind England and New Zealand.

Anjum has played 6 world cups for India. Has four 50 over world cups and two T20 world cups.She is the 1st player to play 100 ODI's for India. One of the good fielders in the team and a safe pair of hands she has held the highest number of slip catches for India. A Right arm medium pace bowler, Anjum made her debut as an all-rounder for India. She opened the bowling in her 1st ODI and batted at No:10.

Anjum Chopra is a leader by example. She does not shy away from taking responsibility and has a knack of getting the best out from her juniors. Anjum has batted at almost all positions for her team and also opened if the situation demanded in the team. She has scored against the best of bowling attacks of the world and is known to occupy the crease and batting for long hours. Batting in the 2000 world cup against Ireland in New Zealand, India was reeling at 3 wickets down with 1 run on board. She played a patient knock of 70 runs and winning the match.

Known to bat well under pressure, Anjum has played numerous knocks to perfection and get the victory. A quick runner between the wickets, her ability to convert ones to two's had been an outstanding feature of Anjum's batting style.

A student of Delhi Public School R.K.Puram and St.Stephen's college, Delhi University, Anjum completed her Master's in Business Administration from FORE School of Management with a dual specialisation in Marketing and Human Resources.

In the corporate world Anjum, is a motivational and corporate speaker/consultant. An MBA Anjum has conducted training programs for globally recognised brands such as General Electric, Standard Chartered, Goldman Sachs, Vodafone and various schools and colleges.

Domestic career[edit]

Anjum Chopra a Delhi girl has played for the state since Under 15 days. She has also represented Air India (her employers) for domestic matches where she emerged as the most successful skipper for the women's team.

Under her captaincy-

  • Delhi state won the National championship in 2012 season. The first time in history that Delhi women's team has won the national cricket championship.
  • Air India has also won the nationals and zonal championships – 2002, 2003.
  • Air India declared as 'Best team of the year', 2003

The 2011–12 cricket season saw her achieving victories for Delhi State. Captaining the team, Delhi won the national championship for the first time in history of the women's game. She also went on to lead the North Zone team that won the Zonal championships the same year. In the T20 format, Delhi state finished runner up, ending the year as the 'Best State Team'.


  • Padma Shri 2014.
  • Arjuna Award, 2007.
  • Rajiv Gandhi Delhi state award in 2004.
  • ICC Player of the match awards in 2000, 2005, 2009.
  • Shiromani Desh Sewa Rattan award- presented by Shaheed memorial international sewa society, Ludhiana in 2002.
  • Award of honour for exemplary contribution in the field of cricket presented during forum of women in public sector, 2004.
  • Zee Astitva award – 'Award for exemplary women', 2008.
  • FICCI – YFLO- Young women achievers award, 2009.
  • Award for contribution to field of sports presented during National Progressive schools conference, 2011.
  • FORE School of management- Alumni recognition award for public contribution, 2012.
  • Shaksiyat Awards on International women day for outstanding performance in the field of sports, March 2013.
  • Delhi Public School, Indore honoured for exemplary contribution in the field of sports, 2012–13.
  • All India National Life insurance Employees Federation honours in recognition to the society and nation on their 50 years (golden jubilee celebration), 2013.


  • First Indian player to score an ODI century for India.
  • First captain to win a Test Series abroad. India won the test match in South Africa in 2002 under her captaincy.
  • First captain to win a home series 5–0 whitewash against England in India in 2002
  • First player to play 100 ODI's for India
  • First to play 6 world cups for India. Four ODI world cups and two T20s
  • Only player in modern-day cricket to have played 12 Test matches with ODI and T20s
  • First player to get an international appointment when she worked with Cricket South Africa women's team as a technical consultant in 2012–2013.
  • Appointed goodwill ambassador to promote Breast cancer awareness in Johannesburg during a men's international match.
  • First female sportscaster and player to commentate on men's cricket matches.


Anjum has co-authored world's first coffee table book titled 'Women's Cricket World- 'A Journey from 1745- 2013'. The book showcases the world history of the sport to its present-day under the International Cricket Council.

She has also acted in a docudrama- 'Poor Cousins of Million Dollar Babies'. The film received national acclaim at the Arnold Sports Film Festival in Ohio, 2011. It talks about that despite the disparities between men's and women's cricket, the girls are very happy playing the sport and enjoy the camaraderie. To promote the game Anjum has also participated in a reality show Fear Factor 'Khatron ke Khiladi' season 4 aired on Colors channel. She has also walked the ramp with leading names of fashion industry promoting the women's game.

Anjum is a commentator/subject expert with Doordarshan and other leading news and sports channels. A sports caster she represents women's cricket on television analysing the game from a players perspective. Now she has forayed into other sports. Appointed as a commentator for covering the World Kabaddi league, 2014 on Sony Six.


Anjum was a participant on the reality show Fear Factor - Khatron Ke Khiladi Season 4[3]


  1. ^ "Player Profile: Anjum Chopra". Cricinfo. Archived from the original on 16 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Player Profile: Anjum Chopra". CricketArchive. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Let's get dangerous". Midday. 5 June 2011.