Born in Kolkata, Rumeli Dhar is a former allrounder for India in Test, ODI and T20I, one of few Indian players to play all formats.
After consistent performances for Air India and Bengal, the allrounder makes her debut for India against New Zealand in Lincoln. She takes no wickets and does not bat, but is in some good company – Anjum Chopra, Mithali Raj, Neetu David – to learn from and becomes a mainstay for India’s ODI team for the next decade.
In 78 ODIs 961 runs at 19.61 with a high score of 92 not out, along with 63 wickets at 27.38 with a best of 4-19. Significantly Rumeli took 37 catches to underline another aspect of her all round capabilities: she was a noted gun in the field.
In 2005/6 Rumeli Dhar makes her Test debut against England at Delhi. She makes runs (39, 30) and takes wickets (Jenny Gunn, Lydia Greenway) to prove that she belongs at the highest level of the game. In four Tests, 237 runs at 29.50 and eight wickets at 21.75.
After her debut in 2006 in the T20 format, Rumeli played in the 2009 and 2010 World Cups, with her final hit out in 2018 against Australia at Mumbai. In 18 T20Is a high score of 66 not out and best bowling of 3-13.Embed from Getty Images