|Full name||Isa Tara Guha podchaser.com/Podchaser|
|Profession(s)||Former Cricketer (Bowler), Cricket Commentator, and Presenter|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Winser London Height||in centimeters- 155 cm
in meters- 1.55 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 1”
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|Hair Colour||Dark Coppery Brown|
|International Debut||WODI- On 10 August 2001 against Scotland at Reading
WTest- On 14 August 2002 against India at Taunton
WT20I- On 5 August 2004 against New Zealand at Hove
|Domestic/State Team||• Thames Valley
|Bowling Style||Right-arm fast-medium|
|Records (main ones)||• First British Asian woman to represent England in a sport LinkedIn- Isa Guha
• Highest ODI partnership for the ninth wicket in women's cricket alongwith Lynsey Askew of 88 runs
• First female commentator to cover Sky Sport's Test cricket Asian Voice
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||• BBC Asian Network Sports Personality of the Year in 2002
• Sports personality of the year at the British Asian Sports Awards in 2009
• Sony Asian Sports Personality of the Year in 2010
• 'World’s best female cricket commentator' award by Fox Sports in March 2021
Runs Conceded- 549
Economy Rate- 2.20
Strike Rate- 51.4
Runs Conceded- 2345
Economy Rate- 3.73
Strike Rate- 37.2
Runs Conceded- 451
Economy Rate- 5.89
Strike Rate- 25.5
Not Outs- 3
Runs Scored- 113
Highest Score- 31*
Balls Faced- 443
Strike Rate- 25.50
Not Outs- 18
Runs Scored- 122
Highest Score- 26
Not Outs- 1
Runs Scored- 39
Highest Score- 13*
Balls Faced- 34
Strike Rate- 114.70
|Date of Birth||21 May 1985 (Tuesday)|
|Age (as of 2021)||36 Years|
|Birthplace||High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England|
|Hometown||Ballygunge, Kolkata, West Bengal, India|
|School||Wycombe High School|
|College/University||University College of London (UCL)|
|Educational Qualifications Forbes India||• Bachelor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
• MPhil in Neuroscience
|Hobbies||Listening to music, studying|
|Relationships & More|
|Affairs/Boyfriends||Richard Willian Donald Thomas|
|Marriage Date||16 September 2018
|Marriage Place||Carbis Bay in Cornwall in England|
|Husband/Spouse||Richard Willian Donald Thomas (a songwriter for rock band Brother & Bones)
|Parents||Father- Barun Guha (formerly worked for Waitrose and Partners)
Mother- Roma Guha (passed away at an age of 65 due to cancer)
|Siblings||Brother- Kaushik Guha
Sister- Panchali Guha
|Cricketer(s)||Darren Gough and Charlotte Edwards (women cricketer)|
|Cricket Ground||Lord's Cricket Ground|
|Commentator(s)||Shane Warne and Phil Tufnell|
|Food||Eilish Maach, Mangsho, and Posto
|Jewellery||Decorative Earrings and Necklace|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Isa Guha
- Isa Guha is a former Indian-origin cricketer who played for England from 2002 to 2011. She was a right-handed fast bowler who was part of England’s team in many of their historic victories.
- Guha’s parents migrated to the UK from Calcutta (now Kolkata) in 1970.
- She started playing cricket at the age of 11 along with her elder brother, who is seven years older than her. She use to practice in the garden in the backyard of her house. Seeing her interest in cricket, her parents took her to a local club, where she was selected for the Development England side at the age of 13. She further revealed, The Guardian
“There were no other girls, so I just started playing with the boys. I loved getting them out. When I was 11, I got selected for the Thames Valley Under-21 side, and it all spiraled from there. I met Charlotte Edwards a year later when she was 16 and playing for England, and that’s when I realized I wanted to play for England too.”
She got good support from her family as they would always accompany her whenever she play any match for the local team.
- She made her international debut at the age of 17 in a Test match against India in 2002. She also featured in the 2002 Women’s Tri-Series on the same tour. She then took three wickets against world champion New Zealand on a losing side in the finals of that series.
- Earlier, she had been part of the England team at under-17 and under-19 levels. She was part of England’s under-19 side during the ACB Under State Tournament when she won the ‘Bowler of the Series’ award. She was also named ‘Player of the Tournament’ for taking seven wickets in the U-19 European Championship.
- Two years later, in 2004, she took 5 wickets for 22 runs in a five-match WODI series against New Zealand. She then took five wickets in a Test series and eight in the WODI against India in 2006.
- Her best bowling performance in ODIs came in 2008 against West Indies when she took 5 wickets for 14 runs. She became the number one bowler in the ICC Women’s One Day International rankings on 31 December 2008.
- She then accomplished her best Test bowling performance in her seventh test match when she took 5 wickets for 40 runs against Australia at the Bradman Oval in Bowral in February 2008. Her fine bowling performance helped England to regain the Women Ashes.
- She was also part of the England team that won the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2009, Twenty20 Cup in 2009, and Ashes in 2005.
- She retired from international cricket on 9 March 2012 at the age of 27. Interestingly, her retirement date falls on the same date as Rahul Dravid. However, she continued to play county cricket for Berkshire. In an interview, she shared the reason for taking retirement at the age of 27. She said,
“I took the decision to retire from England this year. It was a huge decision to make because cricket has been part of my life for so long. But I was struggling more and more with my back, and I had to make a choice about which way I wanted to go – when you play cricket only semi-professionally, as women’s cricket is, then there comes a point when you need to think about earning a proper living too.”
- After retiring, she started writing columns for the BBC Sports website. She is also working as a commentator for various sports channels. She joined ITV Sport in April 2012 and became the co-presenter of ITV4’s coverage for the Indian Premier League.
- In 2016, she became a member of the inaugural Triple M radio Test cricket commentary team in Australia and a member of the commentary team at the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
- In 2020, she was the lead presenter of a new BBC TV Test and ODI highlights show.
- She is also the ambassador of the British Asian Trust charity. She became the first woman to be appointed to the board of the Professional Cricketers’ Association. Professional Cricketers’ Association – The PCA
- Besides cricket, she has also anchored the Rio Olympics for ESPN.
- She rates the 2009 World Cup victory as the turning point of her career.
- In an interview, she talked about her daily lifestyle. She told,
“I do regular six-kilometer runs, and I’ve just invested in a Peleton. I go through phases of doing weights, but it can be hard to maintain a routine when I’m doing Test matches or traveling. I do miss doing heavyweights. I like yoga and Pilates but I don’t do them enough. A Thai massage is always very therapeutic and restorative: during Covid, I’ve missed that strength and depth of muscle tissue massage. In terms of general wellbeing, I love catching up with my mates and having a great meal with a glass of bubbles. And I’m at my happiest when I’m by the water, so if I’m working somewhere near the sea, you’ll find me running along the coast on my day off.”
- In December 2021, she rose to controversy during her commentary when a topic was discussed related to the ‘Carrom Ball’. It was a Big Bash League (BBL) tournament where the discussion on this delivery by an off-spinner ignited the commentary box. Adam Gilchrist with his fellow commentator recalled how coaches select candidates who can bowl ‘Carrom Ball’ based on the size of their middle finger. While the fellow commentator was saying,
“The guy or kid with longest middle finger was identified as a potential carrom-bowler.”
To which, Isa Guha replied,
“How big is yours?”
Isa Guha was referring to his finger. However, her reply was interpreted in a different manner.
Valid – for carrom ball purposes only… https://t.co/diu9R1nFCp
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) December 13, 2021