Hardworking, talented and passionate, Rajeshwari Gayakwad is the uncrowned queen in the Indian Women’s cricket team. No titles can describe her because her achievement and performances speak. Rajeshwari’s life is filled with ups and downs. From getting what she wanted to achieve in her cricketing career to the massive loss she had to face in her life, Rajeshwari has met all in her life to date. But Rajeswari overcame all the struggles and emerged as a real gem for the whole women’s cricket nation.
Rajeswari Shivanand Gayakwad, aged 28 years, is a left-arm orthodox bowler in the Indian team. She was born 1st of June in 1991 at Bijapur in the Karnataka district in India. Rajeshwari is the daughter of her late father, Shivanand Gayakwad, and her mother, Savithri Gayakwad.
On the 19th of January 2021, Rajeshwari played her first ODI match for the Indian team against Sri Lanka. In that same series against Sri Lanka, she also made her T20I debut for team India. In 2014, she played her only Test match against the South African Women’s team in the month of November as per cricket match highlights.
Rajeshwari’s World Cup Journey
Rajeshwari Gayakwad played in the squad of the Indian team that reached the finals during the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup. Sadly, team India lost that World Cup after losing in the final but still her spell of 5/15 against the New Zealand team during the group stage is still remembered by many cricket fans worldwide.
Family Of Rajeshwari Gayakwad
When it comes to talent, almost all members of Rajeshwari’s family are pretty talented in various fields. Rajeshwari has two brothers, Vishwanath and Kashinath, and both of his brothers are engaged in sports. One of her brothers is involved in Badminton, while another plays volleyball. In her family, she also has two sisters, Bhuvaneshwari, who plays cricket at the state level, and Rameshwari is a hockey player.
Their father, the late Shivanand Gayakwad, motivated Rajeswari so that she could become a cricketer. Rajeshwari was 18 years old when she first started playing cricket, and initially, she was a javelin player. When she gained her interest in cricket, she never had to look back again in her life.
Rajeswari’s father dreamed that her daughter would someday represent the country as a cricketer. His dreams came true when she got the chance to play a T20I match for the Indian team. But the most tragic incident in her life was when she lost her father. Her father died while watching a T20 game sitting on the ground from a massive heart attack.
Her father was successful, as her daughter achieved what he dreamt of from the very early days, but unfortunately, he could not see the success story of his daughter for long.
Her Achievements To Date In Her Cricketing Career
To date, Rajeshwari has had a very successful cricketing career. For that, she won many awards. But the two major awards in her life are when she won the ICC World Cup Runners Up prize for the team and the second one when she was awarded 25 lakh rupees of cash from the Karnataka Government for her immense contribution towards the women’s cricket in the state.
Some Interesting Facts Regarding Rajeshwari
Just like Rajeshwari’s personality, her hobbies are pretty exciting and unique. She plays discus throw or javelin when she gets some free time. Every people have their own favorite person. Rajeshwari’s favorite person is the veteran cricketer from New Zealand, Daniel Vettori.
From her childhood days, Rajeswari’s dream was to construct a house for her family so that they can altogether because they used to live in a very cramped house.
Rajeshwari’s International Cricket Career
Her dominant performances at the domestic level helped her to get a place in the Indian squad in 2014. She made her debut against Sri Lanka, where she bowled a total of 7.3 overs, where three overs were maiden. She ended that match with 2/11 and showed the world how capable she was for the first time ever.
In that same series, just some weeks later, she played her first T20I match in her career. She also showed her capability with the ball in hand as she took three wickets by giving away just 24 runs in her four overs quota at just six runs per over.
In 2014 in the month November, she played the first Test match of her career, and as usual, she played brilliantly in her debut match. In her first match, she took a five-wicket haul against a strong opponent South Africa in Tamil Nadu.
Rajeshwari has played 37 ODI matches, 18 T20Is and 1 Test for the Indian team. In ODIs, she took 62 wickets at a brilliant average of 17.38. Rajeswari also took 20 wickets in T20Is with an extraordinary economy rate of 6.43. From the one test he played, she took five wickets and achieved a five-wicket haul on the initial match of her career.
In 2022, Rajeshwari received 50 lakhs of rupees as per the contract with BCCI, just like other players of her team. This happened because, in 2022, BCCI shifted Rajkeshwari to Grade A, where players receive 50 lakhs per annum by seeing her sheer contribution to the national team.
Apart from Rajeshwari, there are other players like Smriti Mandhana, Poonam Yadav and Harmanpreet Kaur, who are also in Grade A and they also receive 50 lakhs of rupees per annum. The players who are under Grade B receive 30 lakhs, and Grade C players receive ten lakhs every year.
Rajeshwari receives 20,000 rupees from BCCI for playing every match at the first-class level.
Rajeshwari Gayakwad is a serious talent that the Indian Women’s team have now. She is a brilliant left-hand orthodox bowler with various skills in her hand, which confuse any opponent batter. If she continues to be in this form, she could be a genuine asset to the team in future. Rajeshwari has all the skills, talent and temperament to become the next big star of the Indian Women’s cricket team.
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