FIFA Parsis : Diana Edulji
Diana Fram Edulji (born January 26, 1956) is a former Indian women's Test cricketer. Born in Mumbai (Bombay) she was drawn to sports at an early age. She then went on to play basketball and table tennis at the junior national level, before migrating to cricket. At a cricket camp hosted by former Test cricketer Lala Amarnath she honed her skills.

One of the best 'lady' spinners ever, Diana Edulji is India's highest wicket-taker in Test cricket with 61 scalps. She is ranked third on the all-time list, behind Englishwoman Mary Duggan (77) and Australian E. Wilson (68).
It all began for Edulji when she got hooked to cricket in the Railway Colony at Colaba, where she grew up. The odd one out in a group of boys, she picked up the tricks of the game quicker than her male colleagues. She got all the encouragement she deserved, after joining the Railways, an institution that has done more for women's cricket in India than any other organization.

In a long and successful international career that stretched from 1975 to 1993, Eduljidid exceedingly well against a host of international sides; Australia, England, West Indies, New Zealand, Holland, Denmark and Ireland. A stickler for hard work and practice, she was a tough cricketer and a blunt individual who brooked no nonsense from anyone. It was quite a coincidence that she received tips on left-arm spin from another tough, forthright personality, one of the greatest purveyors of the art of left-arm spin; Bishan Singh Bedi.

Her best performances in Test cricket were 6-64 against Australia at Mumbai in 1983-84, and 4-94 against England at Worcester in 1986. Although she batted in the lower-order, she was never considered a 'tail-ender', certainly not after her unbeaten 57 against the West Indies at Chennai in 1976-77 in only the second Test of her career.

In the shorter version, Edulji was at her best in the World Cup. She represented India in the 1978, 1982 and 1993 editions and led the side in the first and third. She led from the front in the 1993 edition with 4-12 against hosts England, her best figures in the shorter version. Other notable performances were 3-15 against the West Indies in the same tournament and 3-10 against New Zealand in 1982. In all, she took 46 wickets from 34 matches at an impressive average of 17.

Edulji captained Indian Railways in the Women's national championship from 1985 to 2000, during the course of which, they won the national title on 13 occasions.

A lady of many 'firsts', Edulji in 1997 became the first Indian lady cricketer to be awarded a benefit match. She went on to become the first lady cricketer to be nominated on a selection committee of the BCCI, the body that runs men's cricket in the land. She was a member of the panel that picked the men's Railways team that lifted the Ranji Trophy in 2001-02. A recipient of the Arjuna Award in 1983, she received the Padma Shri and the CASTROL Award for Outstanding Contribution to Women's Cricket in 2002.
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