As a part of delivering recognition to Women’s in India, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has for the first time introduced a separate category of Lifetime Achievement Awards for Women in the upcoming BCCI Annual Awards 2016-17. For the award, BCCI has chosen former Indian skipper Shanta Rangaswamy on February 28, 2017 who has become the first receiver of the award under the category. Former India captain Shantha Rangaswamy says the unprecedented nomination for the C K Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award doesn’t hold much relevance for her but she would like to believe that the recognition is a giant step forward for women’s cricket. Besides, BCCI has nominated Mr. Rajinder Goel and Mr. Padmakar Shivalkar for the Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award for 2016 to be given at the BCCI Annual Awards. The two non test cricketers were nominated by the Col. C.K. Nayudu Awards Committee of BCCI consisting of Mr. N. Ram, Mr. Ramachandra Guha and Ms. Diana Edulji. All the three winners would be felicitated during the BCCI Annual Awards ceremony to be held in Bengaluru on March 8, 2017 which also marks the International Women’s Day.
Shanta Rangaswamy was born in Madras on January 1, 1954. During her days, she was a star of the Indian cricket team and represented the country in 16 Tests and 19 ODIs.The 63-year-old Rangaswamy played 16 Tests between 1976 and 1991, and 19 ODIs between 1981 and 1986.In her Test career, she captained eight of the matches in 1976-77 and four in 1983-84, and scored 750 runs at 32.60. In her ODI stint, she captained 16 matches and scored 287 runs.
The right-handed batter and bowler took 21 wickets at a bowling average of 31.61, and clocked a best analysis of 4-42 against England. She has also won the Arjuna award in 1976. she continues to contribute to the cricketing BCCI Lifetime Achievement Awardsphere as a cricket writer, coach, and selector for the women’s team. She holds an executive position of General Manager at Canara Bank for its Bengaluru Region.