Dipika Pallikal (left) and Joshna Chinappa won the gold medal in CWG 2014 © Getty Images
Dipika Pallikal (left) and Joshna Chinappa won the gold medal in CWG 2014 © Getty Images

Aug 5, 2014

Former India Women cricketer Diana Edulji on Tuesday heaped praise on squash players Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa, who won gold medals in women’s doubles in the recently-concluded Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2014 in Glasgow.

Diana said she was closely following the match. “In fact, I was on BBM constantly, with my closest friend of 40 years, Dipika’s mother, Susan Pallikal,” Diana was quoted as saying by Mid-Day. Diana revealed that she is a friend of Dipika’s mother, Susan, who is also a former Indian Women cricketer.

Diana claimed that she did not know much about the sport till the time she started following Dipika. “I feel so proud that my friend’s daughter has this huge achievement now to her credit. I did not understand the sport well then, but since following Dipika’s game, I have started understanding it well and I must say it is a back-bending sport,” she added.

Diana said that Dipika and Joshna’s feat should be recognised by the country.