Cricket: Indian seeker champion of Germany

Anuradha Doddaballapur has just arrived from the Frankfurt fairgrounds. Or to be more precise, Achema, the world’s leading exhibition for the chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, energy and environmental industries. She was there to cultivate existing contacts and meet new people as she is considering changing her career direction. Until recently, the postdoc worked at the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research in Bad Nauheim. Now she is tempted by a job in the industry.

The Indian, born in 1986, already has almost all the required qualifications. Born and raised in Bangalore, she completed a BSc in Biotechnology in 2008 before completing a Masters in Medical Genetics at Newcastle University in England. She moved to Frankfurt in 2011, earned a PhD in cardiovascular biology from Goethe University, and spent six years working at the Max Planck Institute. Now she is drawn to the Rhine-Main pharmaceutical cluster, which recently caused a worldwide sensation with its new mRNA vaccine against the coronavirus.

However, there is also another version of the story of Anuradha Doddaballapur. Even as a child, she loved cricket, played in the streets, joined a club at the age of twelve, then played for years in the Karnataka state women’s team. She never lost her enthusiasm for cricket, neither in England nor later in Germany. In Frankfurt, she first played in a men’s team before deciding to create a women’s team herself.

At the beginning of August 2022, “Anu” – as her teammates call her – and her team became German champions for the second time in a row. She is a player, coach and manager all at the same time, as well as captain of the German national team – and even holds a world record: she is the first woman in international cricket to take four wickets in four consecutive balls.

As the matches involve a lot of travel, she now knows Germany very well – and has also found her own way of promoting integration: Indians, Pakistanis, Filipinos, Thais, New Zealanders, Portuguese and Germans play in her team of Bundesliga. His next goal is to get the national team into the Top 20 – quite a lofty ambition considering the team are currently ranked 33rd.


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