ESPNcricinfo Match Point Host
Former England international, Isa Guha, is part of ESPN’s panel of cricket experts on ESPNcricinfo Match Point.
Guha, a former seamer, who retired from national duty in March 2012 having played eight Tests, 83 One-Dayers and 22 Twenty20 (T20) internationals, will host the Sydney-based program with ESPNcricinfo video features specialist Raunak Kapoor.
Guha has written for BBC Sport and became the first female analyst on BBC Radio 4’s Test Match Special, commentating alongside the esteemed Geoffrey Boycott. She joined ITV Sport in April 2012 as a co-presenter of ITV4’s coverage of the Indian Premier League and is also an Ambassador for Sporting Equals and the British Asian Trust.
The 29 year-old became one of the most prominent names in modern women’s cricket in a career spanning close to 11 years. She was also an integral part of the successful 2009 English squads which won the Women’s World Cup in Australia and World Twenty20 tournament at home, and the team that won the Ashes in 2005. Following her 2001 debut against Scotland at age 16, Guha proceeded to notch 101 ODI wickets and in the process became the first Asian female cricketer to represent England. Debuting in Tests just a year later against India, she then managed to snag the 2002 BBC Asian Network Sports Personality of the Year and eventually went on to take 29 Test wickets.
Guha’s most memorable performance came in the Bowral Test in 2007-08 when she took a match-winning 9 for 100 to help the visiting England team retain the Ashes, peaking as the number-one ranked bowler in this format of the game that same year. She had previously toured with England Under-19 to Australia in winter 2002-03, where she was named bowler of the series as England Under-19 won all six matches in the ACB Under-19 State tournament. Guha, a former biochemistry student at UCL, also played county cricket for Berkshire, as well as club cricket for Reading Ridgeway.