Howzat! Rupa Gurunath Is First Woman President Of Tamil Nadu Cricket Assn
Cricket is called the “gentleman’s game”. As the moniker suggests, it’s a game that was played by aristocratic men while they lounged around their gentlemen’s clubs on lazy afternoons. But, that’s no longer the case. It looks like women are finally gaining entry into this all-boys’ club. Rupa Gurunath is all set to become the first woman to become President of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association.
You can expect Rupa to have immense knowledge on cricket considering she comes from a family that takes the game very seriously. Her father, N Srinivasan, was formerly the chief of cricket’s highest governing body in India--the BCCI. It’s considered such a force in world cricket that people actually believe that the BCCI is more powerful that the world cricket governing body, the ICC.
Rupa was elected unopposed as her name was the only one nominated for the post of President when nominations took place yesterday. She will formally take on the role at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held today in Chennai.
Indian women are making waves in cricket
The Indian women’s cricket team has been making the country proud. They made it all the way to the Cricket World Cup final in 2017, where they lost to England in a highly anticipated match.
Mithali Raj, the captain of the team, has become a role model for young girls everywhere. On the opening day of the 2017 Cricket World Cup, she became the first woman to make seven consecutive half-centuries in one-day international cricket, and scored 71 runs in the match.
Captain #MithaliRaj posts a record seventh consecutive half-century in ODIs - India 235/2 #WWC17#ENGvIND Follow - https://t.co/wTDfX8Vsu8— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) June 24, 2017
Mithali is also a woman’s woman. She shuts down sexist questions in interviews, advocates reading as a form of relaxation (we definitely need more girls out there reading), and has batted for a women’s IPL.
Earlier this month, Mitali announced that she was retiring from T20I matches in a bid to focus on the one day International games and the 2021 50-over World Cup. Mithali has led India in 32 T20Is, including three Women's T20 World Cups in 2012 (Sri Lanka), 2014 (Bangladesh), and 2016 (India). In 2017, she broke English cricketer Charlotte Edward’s record of scoring the most runs in one day international cricket by scoring over 6,000 runs.
Who knows? We might even have a female BCCI chief one day--it’s a long shot but a girl can hope.