Ekta Bisht

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Ekta Bisht
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Ekta Bisht
Personal information
Full nameEkta Bisht
Born (1986-02-08) 8 February 1986 (age 33)
Almora, Uttarakhand, India
BattingLeft-hand
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 94)2 July 2011 v Australia
Last ODI25 February 2019 v England
T20I debut (cap 24)23 June 2011 v Australia
Last T20I9 March 2019 v England
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
2012–presentRailways
Career statistics
Competition WODI WT20I
Matches 46 36
Runs scored 139 37
Batting average 9.92 4.62
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 18* 15
Balls bowled 2523 745
Wickets 71 45
Bowling average 20.64 14.84
5 wickets in innings 2
10 wickets in match n/a n/a
Best bowling 5/08 4/21
Catches/stumpings 8/– 6/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 9 March 2019

Ekta Bisht is an Indian cricket player.[1][2] She is left handed batswoman and slow left-arm orthodox bowler.[3][4] She is the first International woman cricketer from Uttarakhand state of India.

Early life[edit]

Ekta Bisht was born on 8 February 1986 in Almora, Uttar Pradesh (now in Uttarakhand) to Kundan Singh Bisht and Tara Bisht. Her father, Kundan Singh Bisht, retired from the Indian Army in 1988 at the rank of Havaldar. Ekta Bisht has two elder siblings, Vineet Bisht and Shweta Bisht. Bisht began playing cricket at the age of six. She would play the sport with boys, which often drew an audience as she was the only girl on a male team. Receiving only a pension of 1,500 (equivalent to 15,000 or US$220 in 2018), Kundan Singh Bisht opened a tea stall in Almora to supplement the family's income and support his daughter's cricketing career. She was the captain of Kumaon University in North zone.The family's finances improved after Ekta was selected for the national team in 2011, and began receiving funding from sponsors. Following an increase in her father's Army pension, the family was able to close the tea stall.[5]

Career[edit]

Bisht became captain of the Uttarakhand cricket team in 2006. She played for the Uttar Pradesh cricket team from 2007 to 2010.[5] She was the captain of Kumaon University in North zone. She had been mentored by Liyakat Ali in her early years, who coached Uttaranchal Women's Cricket Association team from 2003 to 2006. [6]

Bisht was selected for the India women's national cricket team in 2011, and made her WODI debut on 2 July 2011 against Australia.

On 3 October 2012, Bisht took a hat-trick as India outplayed during the match of the ICC World Women Twenty20 played in Colombo, Sri Lanka. India has restricted Sri Lanka to a modest 100 for eight after Bisht claimed a hat-trick in the last over.[7][8] Bisht was part of the Indian team to reach the final of the 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup where the team lost to England by nine runs.[9][10][11]

In December 2017, she was named as one of the players in both the ICC Women's ODI Team of the Year and the ICC Women's T20I Team of the Year. She was the only woman named in both squads.[12][13]

In October 2018, she was named in India's squad for the 2018 ICC Women's World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies.[14][15]

2017 Women's Cricket World Cup IMG 2642 (35334431633)

During the 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup, Bisht claimed 5 wickets in 18 runs against Pakistan, leading India to win by 95 runs. With this, she broke her own record of 5 wickets in 8 runs against Colombo in February, the same year. [16][17] It is said that 12 years back (2005)m in the same setup, she was injured and had to leave the match midway. But in 2017 she redeemed herself with her historical win. [18]

As of November 2018, she has had 79 ODI wickets and 50 T20I wickets averaging 21.98 and 14.50 respectively. [19]

Bisht was also Joint second highest wicket taker in ODI's in 2017 at an average of 17.27 with 29 wickets in 16 matches. [20]

She is the fifth Indian woman to cross the 100 wicket mark with 129 international wickets and India's fifth highest wicket taker in ODI's & third highest in T20I's. [21] She is also praised by Sachin Tendulkar for her fielding skills, who also happens to be her favorite cricketer. [22]

Awards[edit]

In November 2017, the Uttarakhand government decided to confer the year’s Khel Ratna award to bowler Ekta Bisht and Dronacharya Award to her coach Liyakat Ali Khan.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ekta Bisht Profile". ESPNcricinfo Portal.
  2. ^ "Ekta Bisht Player Profile and Carrer [sic] Details". Divya Bhaskar Portal. Archived from the original on 22 January 2015. Retrieved 18 November 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ "Women's World Cup 2013 Teams and Players". NDTV Sports Portal. Archived from the original on 16 November 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  4. ^ "Ekta, Harmanpreet guide India to victory over Bangla eves". Zee News Portal. 8 April 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Dad's tea stall brewed Ekta Bisht's success on pitch – Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  6. ^ "एकता को खेल रत्‍न : जानिए, हैट्रिक लेने वाली पहली भारतीय महिला क्रिकेटर के बारे में". https://www.livehindustan.com (in Hindi). Retrieved 15 December 2018. External link in |website= (help)
  7. ^ "ICC Women's T20 WC: Bisht shines with hat-trick in India`s play-off win". Zee News Portal. 3 October 2012.
  8. ^ "Ekta Bisht hat-trick helps India trounce Sri Lanka women by 9 wickets". CricketCountry. 3 October 2012.
  9. ^ Live commentary: Final, ICC Women's World Cup at London, Jul 23, ESPNcricinfo, 23 July 2017.
  10. ^ World Cup Final, BBC Sport, 23 July 2017.
  11. ^ England v India: Women's World Cup final – live!, The Guardian, 23 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Ellyse Perry declared ICC's Women's Cricketer of the Year". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  13. ^ "3 Indian Women in ICC Teams". The Hindu.
  14. ^ "Indian Women's Team for ICC Women's World Twenty20 announced". Board of Control for Cricket in India. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  15. ^ "India Women bank on youth for WT20 campaign". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Ekta Bisht: First Indian Women Cricketer to Make It to Both ICC ODI & T20 Teams". The Better India. 22 December 2017. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  17. ^ Staff, Scroll. "'What a performance': Twitter applauds Ekta Bisht's magical figures of 5/18". Scroll.in. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  18. ^ Buzz, Himalayan (7 July 2017). "The struggle of sensational rising cricketer from Uttarakhand Ekta Bisht". Himalayan Buzz. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  19. ^ "Women's World T20 2018: Experience and calmness make India's go-to bowler Ekta Bisht key to their performance at event- Firstcricket News, Firstpost". FirstCricket. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  20. ^ "Women's World T20 2018: Experience and calmness make India's go-to bowler Ekta Bisht key to their performance at event- Firstcricket News, Firstpost". FirstCricket. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  21. ^ "Women's World T20 2018: Experience and calmness make India's go-to bowler Ekta Bisht key to their performance at event- Firstcricket News, Firstpost". FirstCricket. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  22. ^ Buzz, Himalayan (7 July 2017). "The struggle of sensational rising cricketer from Uttarakhand Ekta Bisht". Himalayan Buzz. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  23. ^ "Bowler Ekta Bisht, coach Liyakat Ali Khan overjoyed with Khel Ratna, Dronacharya announcement - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 November 2017.

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