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Woman plays for US cricket team at 26

If you think cricket is only a gentleman’s game, then you haven’t met 26-year-old Anahita Arora, who manages playing for the US women’s cricket team, as well as working for a multinational firm in New York as an investment banker.

entertainment Updated: Nov 27, 2011 02:23 IST
Vaishali Bhambri

If you think cricket is only a gentleman’s game, then you haven’t met 26-year-old Anahita Arora, who manages playing for the US women’s cricket team, as well as working for a multinational firm in New York as an investment banker.

Arora, who grew up in East Delhi, has some fond memories of the city. “The colony boys used to call me Afridan. But since Afridi is not as fashionable as he was in the late 90’s, my American team mates just call me ‘Ana’, as my name ‘Anahita’, when pronounced with an American accent, rhymes with ‘margarita’.”

A cricket enthusiast, Arora says that the inter colony matches were played with a passion that could rival India-Pakistan matches. “The matches used to be called Mausam Vihar vs Sukh Vihar vs Swasthya Vihar. I used to be the only girl in the team,” says Arora.
When it came to hanging out, Arora loved the Anupam shopping complex in Saket, where she enjoyed checking out the second hand book shops. “We used to hang out at PVR Saket and Vasant Vihar a lot. We watched movies, ate at McDonalds, and walked around like cool cats,” she says.

Arora is die-hard fan of the Indian cricket team and wants to meet Rahul Dravid, the next time she comes to the country. “When the Indian men’s team won the World Cup this year, I was jumping and dancing all around,” she says.

While she was a big fan of former Pakistani cricketer Wasim Akram while growing up, she also idolises Indian cricketer Zaheer Khan, as well as Jhulan Goswami from the Indian Women’s cricket team.

As for the question of there being any sort of racism in the US cricket team, Arora says, “I don’t think race is an issue at all.”

Whozzat girl?
Name: Anahita Arora
Age: 26
Marital status: Single
Nationality: Indian
Work: Cricketer with US Cricket team
Passions: writing, poetry, photography, reading, travelling
Current engagements: She represented US at the Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier held Dhaka, Bangladesh