Anuradha Doddaballapur receives DCB 2020 Player of the Year award

© Anuradha Doddaballapur/ Twitter

Germany skipper Anuradha Doddaballapur has won the DCB 2020 Player of the Year award (female) at the national cricket awards. The 34-year-old announced the development via Twitter. “The desire to don that German jersey and play again with the girls kept me going during that phase and through a long rehab,” the Karnataka girl tweeted.

Doddaballapur, who grew up in Karnataka and played for the side in some domestic games moved to England to pursue higher studies which eventually led her to play international cricket with Germany. She made her T20I debut only this year in February and has played nine international to date scoring 123 runs and took nine wickets.

“Being able to contribute on the field to the team success this year, setting a world record and finally this POTY award- what a year this turned out to be,” she said in a thread.  “Big thank you to all my lovely teammates, our support staff and to the DCB!”

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“This has been a special year considering 2019 was pretty awful with the lumbar disc herniation, surgery and its consequences, missing out on the World Cup Qualifiers,” she added. Doddaballapur recently became the first player to take four wickets in four balls in T20Is during their series against Austria.

Her bowling figures 5 for 1 in the fourth match is a record for the best figures by a captain in T20Is as Germany whitewashed Austria 5-0. Doddaballapur is currently working as cardiovascular research scientist in Germany while doubling up as the coach and development officer at Frankfurt Cricket Club.