World's leading run scorer in Women's Test cricket was gifted a hair of my head: Gargi Banerji
KARACHI: India's former women's cricketer Gargi Banerji had the privilege to know England's Jan Brittin ( JB), the world's leading run- scorer and century maker in Women's Test cricket, who at the age of 58 died due to cancer.
"All i know about her is that we were very good friends. We always used to discuss on cricket... the improvisation of shots and how important is balance we have learned many things from each other too", Banerji, speaking exclusively said.
"JB visited India twice and when she was not able to score runs, sought the tips from my coach ( late Kalyan Bisaws, who died in 2005, the cricket specific web site has no information about his death). She scored a century after that and didn't forget to send a thanking note to the coach".
"Overall she was an excellent fun loving person but sometimes she was very moody too. Her pull shot and back foot punch was extra ordinary but all i can say her fitness level and fielding has given a tremendous impact on women cricket. She was a great brilliant fielder, her anticipation on fielding was superb. She was a high level cricketer".
Brittin featured in four Women’s World Cups — 1982 New Zealand, 1988 Australia, 1993 England and 1997 India.