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Neetu David : The queen of spin bowling

Neetu David was a slow left arm orthodox bowler and was definitely a spin wizard who was a nightmare to the batters of her time. In this article, we take a look at her profile, stats, records and best performance.

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Last updated: 26.06.2022
Neetu David The queen of spin bowling

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Neetu David, an excellent spin bowler from Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. She was born on September 01, 1977 and made her debut when she was 18 years old in 1955. Neetu David was a slow left arm orthodox bowler and was definitely a spin wizard who was a nightmare to the batters of her time. She also is a right handed bat and can bat as tail ender whenever the team needs. She initially started playing for the Railway team and was selected to the national team based on her performance in the team. Her short height has given her an added advantage of giving more flight to the ball in spin friendly pitches. If the wicket is offering both bounce and turn, she was the deadliest spinner to be faces by batters. For her craft and skill related to spin bowling, she is also referred to as queen of spin bowling by the fans and fellow teammates. 

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Records and Achievements: 


Neetu David was ruling records in her era and had been the first bowler to achieve many milestones. She was the first bowler to take 100 wickets for India in WODI. She is still the third highest wicket taker for India in Women tests and second highest in Women ODI's. Most wickets taken by stumping by her bowling in WODI's(32). She got best bowling figures in tests of 8/53 and this is also best bowling analysis in an innings. She is also one of the very few players to have two consecutive four wicket hauls in women's cricket. 

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Statistics: 


Competition

WTest

WODI

Matches

10

97

Balls bowled

2662

4892

Wickets

41

141

Bowling Average

18.90

16.34

Best figures

8/53

5/20

Runs scored

25

74

Batting Average

6.25

4.93

High score

11

18

Catches

4

21


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Best performance: 


Neetu David, as already her records speak was a spin wizard of her times. Her best performance of 5/20 in WODI's came against WI women's in 2nd ODI on February 29, 2004 at Jamshedpur. In the alloted 10 overs, she bowled 9.4 overs with 3 maidens, 5 wickets at an economy of just 2.03 removing opener as well as last batter of WI to help India women restrict WI W to just 161, which was easily chased by INDW for loss of 3 wickets in 41.3 overs to win the match. For her best bowling figures, Neetu David was awarded player of the match. 


Neetu David currently is in BCCI's women's selection committee and is playing a major role in identifying young talents to shine in Indian Women's Cricket. She is mainly focusing on identication of young talented players like Shefali Verma, Richa Ghosh and others, and take Indian Women's Cricket Team to next lever

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