A right-handed batter, she scored 750 runs at a batting average of 32.6 in her 16 Test matches, with one century (108), which was the first century by Indian Women Cricketer against New Zealand on 8 January 1977 at Carisbrook, Dunedin. She also took 21 wickets bowling right arm medium pace at a bowling average of 31.61, including a best analysis of 4-42 against England.
In 19 ODIs, she scored 287 runs at 15.1, and took 12 wickets at 29.41. She recorded her best batting and bowling performances in ODIs at the Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand in 1982, scoring her only ODI fifty (out for 50) against New Zealand, and taking 3-25 against an International XI. She is 1st Indian Woman Cricketer who made Century in Test Match (Vs New Zealand at Dunedin ) for India.
In October 2019, she became the first Indian female cricketer to represent the Indian Cricketers’ Association and the BCCI Apex Council.
Shantha was born to C. V. Rangaswamy and Rajalakshmi. She is the third born child and has six sisters.