Indrani Roy is an Indian cricketer who was picked by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs. 10 lakhs in the Women’s Premier League (WPL) auction held on 13 February 2023. She is a wicketkeeper, a right-hand batsman and a right-arm medium-fast bowler.
Indrani Ivy Roy Indrani Roy – Facebook was born on Friday, 5 September 1997 (age 25 years; as of 2022) in Liluah, Howrah, West Bengal. She did her schooling at Sunrise (Eng. Med.) School, Howrah, West Bengal. She pursued a bachelor’s degree in arts at Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Avadh University, Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh. The Times of India When she was a child, she used to play different sports but was not specifically interested in cricket. She got interested in cricket when she was in class 8 and one day while going to attend her tuition class, she saw a woman going to cricket practice. That day she thought that the coaching centre was near her eyes, and the next day she went there and played cricket for the first time. She liked the game so much that she started going to the centre daily and at the age of 15 she started playing cricket. While she was practising, her studies got affected. She was not scoring well in school, so her father told her to stop playing. She stopped playing cricket for two years, but her mind was always on the game. She kept searching for a coaching centre that trained women and when she found one, she was afraid to tell her father, so she requested the coach, Pachu Gopal Majhi, to come to her home to convenience her father. Her father agreed, and she started training when she was in class 10. In an interview, she talked about this and said,
It’s only when sir, Mr. Panchu Gopal Majhi came to my place and convinced my parents, they allowed me to play cricket. And from that day They have given everything for my cricket and I am glad that I can pay back them in my way. My mother has been a source of inspiration for me. We don’t discuss very much about my game at home but they have been my strong supporter. I am now in Kolkata for the practice. I called my family and they are very happy for me. Seems like all of the sacrifices they have made for my game is finally paying off.”
When she joined the coaching centre, she used to play with boys who played the state and first-division matches which helped her to increase the standard of her game.
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Indrani was born in a Bengali family.
Parents & Siblings
Indrani’s mother’s name is Nita Roy, who works as a government employee.
Her elder sister’s name is Jui Piyali Roy.
In 2014, she was selected by the Bengal U-19 team. She won the national championship in the 2014-15 season. She left the team in 2018, after being a top performer for them for four years. In 2017, she joined the Jharkhand Women’s team. According to her, the reason she left the Bengal team was that she was not getting a chance to show her wicket-keeping skills because there were other keepers in the team, but as a batter, she got a lot of experience. She played in Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) inter-district tournaments for the Bokaro team.
When she was a part of the Jharkhand team, she was selected for the U-23 Challenger Trophy. In 2018, she played for the India Blue cricket team, and in 2019, she played for the India C team.
She was part of the 2019–20 Women’s Senior One Day Trophy, in which she scored her first century in a one-day match and was not out on 132 runs. She helped the team reach the semi-final, but the competition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the 2020–21 season of the Senior Women’s One Day League, she became the leading run-scorer in the tournament with 456 runs in eight matches including two centuries.
In May 2021, she was selected for the India women’s cricket team for England tour but was not in the playing squad. She was selected for the one-off Test matches, Women’s One Day International (WODI) and Women’s Twenty20 International (WT20I) matches. Later in 2021, she was not selected for India’s tour of Australia in September and October. In 2023, she played the Senior Women’s One-Day Trophy for Railways against Kerala. In February 2023, she was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs. 10 lakhs for the Women’s Premier League (WPL) to be held in March.
Cricketer: MS Dhoni
- Paws inked on her neck
- ‘Believer’ inked on her neck
- Yin and yang sign inked on her chest
- Her jersey number is # 97 (India).
- She was trained under Pachu Gopal Majhi.
- She likes to write poems and rap.
- When she was a part of the Jharkhand team, she used to play the JPL (Jharkhand Premier League) organised by the Jharkhand State Cricket Association, which helped her improve her game a lot before the Women’s Senior One Day Trophy in 2019.
- She is a big fan of MS Dhoni and got a chance to meet him in Ranchi during one of her training sessions. In an interview, she talked about the advice Dhoni gave her and said,
Mahi bhai gave me valuable tips to improve my reflexes and movement in the five-metre radius. For wicketkeepers, that’s a key thing and he advised me that I should try and get better. That actually helped me. Learning a thing or two from a legend like Mahi Sir is a privilege and his advise actually helped me improve my game. Every time I hit the ground, I try to remember his tips.”