First Indian to play in Premier League

Ritabrata Banerjee / 17 August 2015

Indian women’s team goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan becomes first Indian to play in the Premier League as she joined West Ham United Ladies team. She came on as a substitute in West Ham’s season opener in the 2015/16 FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division. The Ladies lost 0-5 against Coventry United on Sunday, 16th August.

The Premier League club officially tweeted to confirm the signing of the Indian goalkeeper.

The tweet read:

As West Ham United went down 5-0 in their very first match of the season the Indian custodian did not sound very ecstatic. Rather she was disappointed at how the team succumbed to such an embarrassing defeat. 

The video below depicts Chauhan’s reaction after the debut match:

Aditi Chauhan was brought up in Delhi. As a child, she was actively involved in various sports. She participated in karate and basketball. After showing promise in basketball, Chauhan was selected for the youth state team. Through basketball, Chauhan developed a good grip of the ball and a good athletic build. She was convinced by her coach to attend trials for the football team as a goalkeeper. Chauhan was successful and eventually, at age 15, appeared on the team for the Delhi U19 squad.

The goalkeeper was selected for trials for the India U19 side at the age of 17. She was a part of the India women’s national team that won the 2012 SAFF Women’s Championship in Sri Lanka.

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