There was a time when the male dominant sports of cricket in India was looking for a name in women's category and the name that shone brightly was Anjum Chopra. There has been sudden surge and attention towards women's cricket in Indian after their brave World Cup stint in 2017. Harmanpreet Kaur, Jhulan Goswami, Mithali Raj have now become as popular as their counterparts MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli etc.
The now turned commentator Anjum Chopra was the leading name of women's cricket during her era. The batswoman born on 20 May 1977 made her international debut in 1995 against New Zealand in an ODI played at Christchurch. She was also handed the Test cap later that year when India women's team played England Women at
The left-handed batswoman was given the captaincy duty of the Indian women's team in the year 2002. Under her leadership, India attained plenty of accolades. In her career, Anjum has played 12 Test matches where she has scored 548 runs at an average of 30.44 which includes four half-centuries and highest of 98. She played 127 ODIs for the Indian women's team and scored 2,856 runs at an average of 31.38. She also has a century and 18 half-centuries to her name.
Anjum Chopra is the first Indian woman to score a century for India. She is the first woman to play a hundred ODIs for India. Anjum Chopra is the first to play in six World Cups for India, which includes four ODI World Cups and two T20Is.
To recognize her outstanding achievement in sports, the government of India also awarded her the Arjuna Award in 2007.