Shantha Rangaswamy, also known as Shanta Rangaswamy, (born 1 January 1954 in Madras) is an Indian cricketer. She played Women’s Test cricket for India in 16 matches from 1976 to 1991, captaining the side in 8 matches in 1976-7 and four in 1983-4. India recorded its first-ever Test win in November 1978 against West Indies under Shantha’s captaincy at the Moin-ul-Haq Stadium in Patna. She also played in 19 Women’s One-day Internationals from 1981-2 to 1986, captaining the side in 16 matches from 1981-2 to 1983-4.
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 08.01.1977 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
Shantha was born to C. V. Rangaswamy and Rajalakshmi. She is the third born child and has six sisters.
She is the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Women from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Awards and recognitions
|1976||Arjuna Award||First woman recipient of the Arjuna Award|
|2017||India Lifetime Achievement Award for Women|