Ekta Bisht is a left handed batswoman and slow left-arm orthodox bowler. She is the first International woman cricketer from the state of Uttarakhand, India and also the first Indian woman cricketer to make it to both the International Cricket Council’s One Day and Twenty20 Teams of the Year. She made it to the limelight with her exceptional bowling and wicket-claiming prowess.
Born on 8 February 1986 in Almora, Uttar Pradesh (now in Uttarakhand), Bisht began playing cricket at the age of six. Her father, Kundan Singh Bisht, retired from the Indian Army in 1988 at the rank of Havaldar. Her mother’s name is Tara Bisht. She has two siblings.
In 2006, she became the captain of the Uttarakhand cricket team and then played for the Uttar Pradesh cricket team from 2007 to 2010. Bisht first made the forey to the Indian women's national cricket team in 2011 with an international ODI debut on 2 July 2011 against Australia. Her moment of fame emerged during a match against Pakistan in February when Ekta claimed five wickets in just eight runs.
Her outstanding performance continued in international cricket. She took a hat-trick as India outplayed Sri Lanka in the 2012 ICC T20 Women’s World Cup match. India managed to hold Sri Lanka to a modest 100 for eight after Bisht claimed a hat-trick in the last over.
She was also a part of the Indian team to reach the final of the 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup where they lost to England by nine runs. Another mind-blowing highlight in Ekta’s career in the 2017 World Cup was she claimed five wickets in 18 runs during her 10-over spell against Pakistan.
In December 2017, she was named as one of the players in both the ICC Women's ODI Team of the Year and the ICC Women's T20I Team of the Year. She was the only woman named in both squads.
She was also conferred the year’s Khel Ratna award by the Uttarakhand government in November 2017.