Anjum Chopra, the former member and honored captain of Indian Women’s team, is the first ever Indian woman cricketer who has been awarded with the prestigious life membership of Marylebone Member Club (MCC). Now, her name too stands along with the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Gundappa Viswanath, who have been great cricketers of India and been bestowed with this honor of lifetime membership MCC award.
The other stalwarts to receive the award along side are Zaheer Khan and Virendra Sehwag from the former men’s Cricket Team of India.
Anjum Chopra has played 12 Tests, 127 ODI’s, and 18 T20 Internationals for India. She scored 548 runs in Tests along with four half centuries. While, in 50-overs format she has scored 2856 runs with a century and 18 half centuries. Chopra is also a recipient of Padma Shri award, in 2014. Her journey had begun with a trip to National Stadium as a schoolgirl and she debuted in international match at the age of 17 and played left- hander.
Chopra was thrilled to share the communication from MCC. She told-
“It’s been an honor. Two months back I got a mail from the Lord’s office asking me whether I would like to accept the honorary life membership of MCC. After I replied, they sent me an acceptance letter…”
She retired from playing in 2012 and works as an Cricket analyst for various channels. She feels humbled being honored to be among the finest players the game has seen. The MCC, while announcing her membership also said that, since her retirement Chopra has also become a popular voice round the globe as a commentator on the Indian Premier League (IPL). She also happens to be the first Indian woman to hit an international century. She was awarded Arjuna award in 2007, as she led the Indian women team to a rare Test series win against South Africa in 2002, which she recalls as a huge boost for the team. In recognition of her cricketing merits, Cricket South Africa had appointed her as the Technical Consultant of its National Women’s team for the 2012-13 season. She said -“It was an education for me to work away from home. It gave me a new perspective, too, and I enjoyed my experience of working with the South Africans.”