HOT OFF THE PRESS The first comprehensive narrative history of women’s cricket in India authored by award-winning sports journalist Suprita Das.
Free Hit narrates, in telling detail, how after its origins in the 1960s and 70s, women’s cricket in India peaked in public memory as India qualified for the finals of the Women’s World Cup in 2017. It dives deep into the lives of a spirited bunch of women from its early days – Diana Edulji, Shubhangi Kulkarni, ShanthaRangaswamy – who fought unitedly for their right to play, compete, overcome sponsorship challenges, correct gender-based pay gaps and tackle the sheer indifference of cricket administrators along the way. It puts the spotlight on their struggles, adventures and victories and traces their journey all the way to the present lives
of players such as Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur – all modern greats of the game. Udayan Mitra, publisher – literary, HarperCollins India, said: ‘It's only recently, after decades of largely being ignored, that women cricketers in India have come into the limelight. Free Hit tells the exciting, adventurous story of our women cricketing heroes as they battle against the odds with a never-say-die attitude. It's a wonderful story to readespecially with the women's World T20 tournament just starting.’ Suprita Das, author of Free Hit, said: ‘The journey of Free Hit has been one full of learnings, realizations and experiences for me. The fact that