As we all know, the Legends League Cricket Tournament is featuring all our childhood cricket stars, it is also featuring an ensemble cast of women umpires officiating the matches.
India’s youngest woman umpire, Shubhda Bhosle Gaikwad is currently officiating the cricket tournament in Oman.
She hails from Madhya Pradesh and has already played in U16 and U19 cricket teams before she took up umpiring as a career.
She comes from a family of cricketers and has played cricket since 2009.
So, an umpiring career was a natural gift to Shubhda. With the support of her husband and family members, she completed her O-level umpiring exam. She has also got degrees in Physical Education and a Ph.D. in Sports Psychology.
Her first match as umpire was in the J.S. Anand Trophy in the year 2012.
The other women umpires officiating Legends League Cricket are South Africa’s Lauren Agenbag, Pakistan’s Humair Farah, and Hong Kong’s Renee Montgomery.
The tournament began on the 20th of January and features yesteryear stars such as India’s Yuvraj Singh and Virendra Sehwag, New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori, Australia’s Brett Lee, Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar, and England’s Kevin Pietersen.
Shubda always loved sports and was equally excellent in her studies.
She currently works as a sports officer at a government college in Thandla, Jhabua. She is married to Sujay with whom she has a baby.
Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia took to Twitter to congratulate the young lady.
In the ongoing Legends League Cricket Tournament in Oman, Sports Officer of Thandla College, Jhabua, Ms. Shubhda Bhosle Gaikwad made India proud by becoming the youngest female umpire of the country. She has illuminated India’s name all over the world. She has brought laurels to the country by achieving the feat. I am sure you will bring laurels to the country in the future as well. My best wishes.
Madhya Pradesh’s Higher Education Minister Dr. Mohan Yadav and the entire college staff also gave their congratulations to the young umpire.
Her photos have also gone viral over the Internet and social media.
In an interview with TOI, Shubhda said,
This is a big responsibility. I think such initiatives will definitely encourage women across the world.
Jhulan Goswami, former India Women’s captain was roped in, to be the ambassador of this tournament.
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