One of the most well-known faces of Indian women’s cricket, former team captainAnjum Chopra, threw a party for friends and family to celebrate receiving honorary life membership of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), Lord’s cricket ground, London. She became the first Indian woman to be inducted into the club. Although the gathering was from sports and politics, their discussions were based on sports movies.
Proud moment for all Indians
Anjum, naturally, was all smiles. “It’s a great honour. The fact that the MCC thought I was worthy of such an honour humbles me. I think it means a lot for Indian cricket as well. Despite the facilities we get, a great future lies before us. The Indian women’s cricket team has not been consistent, but there are better players than me who can achieve more. I hope that with my MCC honour, I will be able to inspire more girls in India to take up sports as a career. The aim is very simple – make sure that the Indian national anthem is played in the final match of every tournament,” she said. Neeraj Kumar, former Delhi police commissioner and currently advisor to the BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit, called Anjum’s achievement “path-breaking and a matter of pride for every Indian.” Anjum’s parents – Krishan Bal and Poonam Chopra – said they never anticipated the honour. “She is very hardworking. After retirement, she became a commentator, has written books and even made documentaries. She eats, sleeps and drinks cricket,” said her father. Her mother added, “As a kid, she would play with boys – and played better than them! When she was just 9, her school coach said ki yeh hamare desh ki future kaptaan hai.” Lawyer Priya Hingorani, the first woman secretary of the Supreme Court Bar, said, “I had seen Anjum play on TV, but I hadn’t met her, and when I did, she turned out to be a very sweet person.” She added, “It would be great for women’s matches when private channels start screening them.”