Unlike others, Rajeshwari Gayakwad started playing cricket at the age of 16. Before that, she used to play Javelin, discus throw, Kho-Kho and Volleyball in school days. Her cricket career started with the free training camp for girls, conducted by Bijapur Women’s Cricket Club in her hometown Bijapur; where she and her sister, Rameshwari got selected for free coaching.
Gayakwad made her ODI debut against Sri Lanka on 19 January 2014 and made her T20 debut on 25th January 2014 against Sri Lanka. Although she is a big fan of the Test format, she has played only one test match against South Africa. Before moving to the Railways team in the domestic circuit, she played for the Karnataka team.
She lost her biggest inspiration, her father to a cardiac arrest, right after her debut in T20I against Sri Lanka in 2014.
One of the key players for India, Gayakwad, recorded the best bowling figures for India in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup history by taking 5 wickets in a match against New Zealand during ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017.