Know More - GS Lakshmi

Know More - GS Lakshmi

What sport is Gandikota Sarva Lakshmi associated with?

She is a cricketer and has been associated with the sport as player (1989-2004), coach (2007-2014), administrator (South Zone Selector), cricket official (since 2008)

Does she have a nickname?

Yes - Laksh

How did she turn up as a cricketer?

Was a right-hand batter and a right-arm fast-medium outswing bowler

Family background?

Born to a Brahmin family in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh on 23 May 1968, but grew up in Jamshedpur

Where did her father work?

Tata Engineering and Locomotive Company (now Tata Motors)

Where and how did she begin her career?

Initially, it was gully cricket with her brother and confined to her colony in Tata Nagar till the 10th standard. After the board exams, when I went out to seek admission for higher education, I found it difficult, courtesy of my atrocious marks (chuckles). My parents were worried. The second-best college in Jamshedpur, the city in which I was born and brought up, denied admission to me.

Striking past remembrance?

Denied admission by Jamshedpur Women's College in 1986. Reason: poor marks in the Xth Board exams. On father's request (via a good acquaintance) for a slot in the sports quota, she secured admission after on spot trials. Interestingly it was the first time she had seen a leather ball and bowled with one.

When did she begin professional cricket?

It was in 1986. First, college and in the same year Bihar and East Zone

Was she selected for India?

In 1988 she was summoned for the National camp. Later, she was selected for India's tour of England in 1999 but did not play a single match!

Did she have a break in her playing career?

Yes, she did take a sabbatical for 4 years. In 1991 she got married and returned to cricket in 1995  

Which teams did she represent?

Andhra, Bihar, Railways, East Zone and South Zone between 1989 and 2004

When did she retire and what did she do next?

In 2004 she quit and turned to coaching

First coaching assignment?

She turned coach in 2007. Her first assignment was with South Central Railways (SCR) and later, Hyderabad Women’s U-19 team

Success as a coach?

Won Inter-Railway title for SCR. The win meant she completed a 'double'! First, as a player (1995) and then as a coach (2009)

Has she served in any administrative capacity?

Yes, she was named selector for South Zone

When was she inducted to the ICC International Panel of Match Referees?

14th May 2019

When did she debut as Match referee?

In a T20I match between Hong Kong vs Ireland played in Abu Dhabi (2019)

Has she been posted as Match Referee in Men’s ODI?

Yes, UAE vs the United States, Sharjah (Dec 8, 2019)

Has she officiated as a match referee in Domestic Women’s Cricket?

Yes, she first officiated as the match referee in Domestic Women’s Cricket in 2008-09