Charlotte Edwards, the former England captain, had a storied career, during which she led her side to both the ODI and T20I World Cups, scored over 10,000 international runs, and was induced into the ICC Hall of Fame in 2018.
One of the biggest names in the women's game, Edwards' journey began in a quiet village called Pidley in Cambridgeshire. She played cricket with her older brother, and her passion for the game was noticed when she was 12, while playing boys' cricket. "My earliest cricket memories are in the back garden," Edwards told ICC 360.
"I lived on a potato farm in a very small place in England called Pidley. My dad was a farmer and I had an older brother. We used to play cricket for hours. There wasn't girls' cricket then. It was all male cricket, and watching male role models on the TV. My passion for the game was just massive."
Playing men's cricket, she said, "was a godsend" and prepared her for international cricket. "I played with a lot of boys. Men's cricket was probably some of the hardest cricket I played growing up," said Edwards. "It was a godsend, really. It prepared me to play international cricket. Being judged from the age of 11 every time you walked onto the pitch, whether you're going to score runs, whether you should even be there ... it was hard. Thankfully, I got spotted playing boy's cricket at the age of 12."
Full interview below.