World's lead­ing run scorer in Women's Test cricket was gifted a hair of my head: Gargi Ban­erji

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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.

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