We laugh about it now, but at the time you could say I was a bit traumatized. I had trouble sleeping and camped out in the living room while holding on to a statue of The Scared Heart of Jesus, and running scared every time we had an aftershock. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I will never forget the Whittier Narrows Quake on Oct. 1, 1987. I was 15 years old, and on my way out to school with my brothers, when everything began to shake. I never experienced an earthquake before, so I didn’t know what to do. My first thought was to stand under a doorway, except I picked the wrong doorway to stand under. You see, my brother was trying to run outside and I blocked him in. Until this day he reminds me how panicked I was and how he could’ve slapped me to calm me down.
Mithali RajPlaying in her third test and the first against England, Mithali Raj, not yet 20, scored a scintillating 214 to set a new world record. “I crossed that mark nervously by scoring off the last ball bowled on the third day,” she recalls.Her score is the fifth double century,Mithali RajPlaying in her third test and the first against England, Mithali Raj, not yet 20, scored a scintillating 214 to set a new world record. “I crossed that mark nervously by scoring off the last ball bowled on the third day,” she recalls.Her score is the fifth double century in women’s Test cricket. The previous highest was by Australia’s Karen Rolton, who made 209 against England in Leeds last year.Raj received a standing ovation when the announcement was made at Taunton. Her classic knock, which included 19 boundaries and came off 407 balls in 598 minutes, enabled India make a record 464 runs in the first innings in reply to England’s 329. India had a lead of 135 runs in the four-day match that ended in a tame draw.There is nothing tame, however, in Raj’s achievement. Her innings makes her the first Indian woman to score a double century, improving on Sandhya Agarwal’s 190 against England at Worcester way back in 1986.Her partnership of 15 7 for the seventh wicket with Jhulan Goswami (62) is also a world record. Another first: Hyderabad has the honour of being home to the highest Test scorers in Indian cricket – V.V.S. Laxman’s 281 against Australia in Kolkata last year is still the best among men.The sweetest prize for Raj perhaps came from the team manager, who had promised 5 pound (Rs 370) for a century. She got 10 pound.Her father gives part of the credit to her former coach. “Mithali owes a lot to Sampath Kumar who died five years ago,” says Dorai Raj, who played for the Services.advertisement