Mamatha Maben is the present India Women’s captain and has started her captaincy stint in great style with a series win over New Zealand Women.
Mamatha Maben is an aggressive middle order batswoman and combined with that her useful medium pace .Maben was born on 15th November , 1970 in Bangalore. At the age of 17 years she was picked for the Karnataka team and from then 6 years of good performances got her included in the World Cup squad – Women’s World Cup 1993 in England . Interestingly Anju Jain and Purnima Rau also happened to make their debut in the same match as Maben – India Women playing against West Indies Women at Nottingham.
Some of the best performances by Maben include her 50 at Paarl against South Africa in the one – test series in 2000/01 and an unbeaten 53 against England Women at Hyderabad in 2001/02 ODI series.
Cricketfundas.com met Mamatha Maben during the India Women Vs New Zealand Women One Dayer at Hyderabad and following are some of the replies to our questionnaire :
Cricketfundas : What was the age at which you started playing cricket?
Maben : 17 years (Domestic)
Cricketfundas : When did you think of becoming a professional?
Maben : At the age of 20
Cricketfundas : Which is your most memorable cricketing moment?
Maben : Winning the series against New Zealand 3-0 at Bangalore
Cricketfundas : Who is your Role Model?
Maben : Shanta Rangaswamy/Steve Waugh
Cricketfundas : Where do you see Women’s cricket in 5 years time?
Maben : Progressing
Cricketfundas : How supportive is your family?
Maben : Very supportive
Cricketfundas : Where do you see yourself 5 yrs down?
Maben : Coaching/Commentary
Cricketfundas : What do you think are your strengths and your weakness?
Maben : Strengths – Fielding Knowledge of the game Weakness – My drives (cover drives)
Cricketfundas : What are you doing to improve your game?
Maben : Working hard in the nets