Sujata Sridhar

Born on 25th December 1961 in Chennai, former Test and ODI allrounder for India, Sujata Sridhar made her international debut in a World Cup.

After good performances with both bat and ball for Tamil Nadu, in 1981/22 Sujata was selected for the World Cup squad for India to be held in New Zealand. Led by Shantha Rangaswamy, the team arrived late in Auckland and found themselves up against Australia having had no time to get used to the conditions. Sujata was one of six run outs for India. (Three for Australia – nine for the match!) It was certainly a tough initiation for the twenty year old from Chennai.

In 1983/84 for the national team to play against the touring Australians who were led by Jill Kennare. (Manager Ann Mitchell) In her debut at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, the Test was a slow and dull affair, and Suji picked up just the one wicket, that of Karen Price in the second innings. She played one more Test in that series which ended 0-0 after four Tests.

Bowling off the wrong foot, somewhat of a rarity, England conditions would be more friendly to the medium pacer and she picked up 2-46 at Worcester before starring with the bat at number eleven. Suji scored 20 not out in a stand of 58 with Sandhya Agarwal whose 190 eclipsed Betty Snowball’s 189 to be the highest score in women’s Tests. The tenth wicket partnership between the two was at the time the fourth highest in women’s Tests.