Miss Tiger Ujwala Nikam, first amongst equals

Published: Monday, September 18, 2000, 18:23 [IST]
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India were trailing behind New Zealand by 157 runs in the first innings and were asked to follow on. From a precarious 38 for three, Shubangi Kulkarni and myself took it to 103 without getting separated. But early next day, Shubangi departed and Kalpana Paropkari, who came in next, did not last long. India had slumped from the overnight 108 for three to 120 for five.

It was at this stage that Ujwala joined me and I was already in my forties. But from the moment she entered, it was her show all the way. She brought into play all the strokes in her armoury with grace and power. We added 51 runs for the 6th wicket before I left for 66 with India just having wiped off the lead. But, Ujwala batted with gay abandon and in partnership with Diana added another 52 runs. Ujwala finally left for a very well compiled 54 that enabled India put up a good show even though we lost the Test.

Ujwala was one of the players who never played up to her capability. She showed a lot of promise but never lived up to the expectations the others had in her ability. But she was one of those who brought charm into the game with her stroke play. She was a chirpy character and loved to laugh, which in this world, is a rare commodity.

After the Indian team's tour of New Zealand in 1976-77, there was no International cricket for more than four years. At the time when Ujwala's game was blossoming, she saw a drought of International games. The career span in the women cricketers' life tends to be short as they assume bigger responsibilities in Life. However Ujwala's career was further shortened due to lack of any International events for over four years. In the meanwhile she got married and retired from the game.

Ujwala was one of those that contributed a lot for the game during its formative stages and "Miss Tiger Ujwala's" name has been written in golden letters in the annals of Indian Women's cricket. Thatscricket.com, recognising the role she played, salutes her for her contribution to the game by including her name in the Golden oldies section of women's cricket.

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