This is a sad news for all the Cricket fans as former Indian women cricketer, Sreerupa Mukherjee passed away on Thursday after suffering from serious cardiac arrest. She was 65 years old and is survived by husband Paresh Nath Mukherjee and daughter Amrita. Sreerupa had played two One Day Internationals for India against New Zealand and was along time Bengal captain. She was also the cricket manager of the Indian women’s team during three World Cups (1993, 1997 and 2000).
According to family sources, Sreerupa collapsed in the washroom around 10.30 a.m. and was rushed to a city hospital where she was declared dead. She was a regular feature in the domestic cricket and lead Bengal in Ranji Trophy for many years. She also gave her voice as a commentator in Doordarshan and All India radio during mid-1980’s to 1990’s.Mukherjee was to leave for Solapur where her daughter Amrita, a national level tennis player was supposed to participate in the ITF tournament.
Belonging to a sporting family, Sreerupa was multiple national level player representing the state in hockey, basketball and was the first woman cricket selector from Bengal. Coming to her administer career, she served as a joint-director for Sports Association of India (Eastern Centre) and recently turned as a guest lecturer at the Calcutta University. However, it is unfortunate for Indian cricket to lose such a gem of a character. May her soul rest in peace.