Skip to main content

Women's Cricket World Cup - India

The name Mithali Raj has become synonymous with Women’s Cricket in India. For a very long time, the women’s team has been hidden in the shadows of the men in blue. While it is not the fault of the men’s team, the nation, on the whole, has to realize that the - I’d like to say better half - of the Men’s cricket team deserve equal support, love, and respect.

India is hugely obsessed with cricket. To the point that it has been called a religion. This world cup should put the spotlight on the women’s cricket team and bring out the much-needed encouragement from the country. It is an Indian Cricket Team nevertheless.

The Squad:

Mithali Raj (captain), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Smriti Mandhana, Mona Meshram, Nuzhat Parween, Shikha Pandey, Punam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma and Poonam Yadav

Fixtures:

June 24 V England
June 29 V West Indies
July 2 V Pakistan
July 5 V Sri Lanka
July 8 V South Africa
July 12 V Australia
July 15 V New Zealand

Players to look out for:

Captain Mithali Raj. She’s ranked second in the ICC Women’s Batting Rankings. Her achievement speaks for her. She is approximately 200 runs away from topping the list of ODI top scorers. She is an inspirational captain who is set to become the third player to lead her team in 100 One Day Internationals. Harmanpreet Kaur ranked 9th on the ICC list can give her the company.

Jhulan Goswami is third on the ICC Bowling Rankings and is the wicket-taker. A lot of the team’s hopes rides on her. This could be the 34-year-old’s last world cup and she would want to exit with a bang. She hopes to get some support from Shikha Pandey and Ekta Bisht (ranked sixth in the ICC Bowling list).

Young all-rounder Deepti Sharma’s record-breaking play makes her someone to watch out for. Along with Punam Raut and Smriti Mandhana, the lineup of this team looks formidable indeed.


The batting strength is deep. Bowling during death overs needs to be worked on. This tournament is the exposure that they need to bring out the best in them. This is a young squad. The combination of experience with youth can be a great thing. Or the clash could be the reason for their downfall. Time will tell.



Indu

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Editor’s Pick: India - West Indies

First Match - Abandoned Second Match - India Beat West Indies by 105 runs. Third Match - India Beat West Indies by 93 runs. Fourth Match - Hmm… I don’t really want to talk about it.
Oh well.. Here goes. It was a rather embarrassing defeat. The series looked very much in the kitty when India had to chase 190 runs. The faithful Indian Fans probably even started celebrating. Even though the first three wickets fell rather early, Rahane stuck in there and hit 60 runs to pave what looked like a really short road to victory. And then came Dhoni. No one would have even considered the chance of a defeat. Not even a pessimist.
Time moved slowly after that. Or at least Dhoni did. He batted and batted and batted. Remember that time Sunny Gavaskar scored a 174-ball 36 runs? It was 1975 all over again. Dhoni’s innings were just as excruciatingly painful. It would have been worth it had India won of course. India fell short of the target and West Indies won by 11 runs. They were probably surprised t…

Need for co-ed sports

Now, this is hardly a feminist piece. I am not here to tell you that women can do anything that men can and better too. One, you know it too. Two, this is hardly about women. I am not here to praise women and demand better rights. I am talking about the possibility that the entire field of sports can take a whole new meaning if gender is not made the criterion. So this is how the idea for the blog started.
The Women’s Indian Cricket Team performed really well at the world cup this year. Mithali Raj praised her team for their hard work, persistence, and passion for the game. She also added that there should be an IPL tournament in the country for the women’s team now. Raj believes that the team’s fantastic game has increased the fan following for the women’s team as well and that they have earned their place here.
While I am honestly not sure about an IPL tournament for women, it did get me thinking. Why not mixed sports? Now that girls play almost all the games that the guys do, why n…

Royal Challengers Bangalore - IPL 2014 team analysis

Here is a look at the RCB team for the 2014 IPL edition - and my take on it. Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB DeVilliers, Yuvraj Singh, Nic Maddinson, Vijay Zol are the batsmen in the teamMitchell Starc, Varun Aaron, Ashok Dinda, Muthiah Muralidharan, Ravi Rampaul,  Harshal Patel,  Abu Nechim,  Shahab Jakati,  Sandeep Warrior, Yuzvendra Chahal are the bowlersAlbie Morkel, Sachin Rana, Tanmay Mishra are the allroundersParthiv Patel and Yogesh Takawale are the wicket keepers

The strategy behind this team selection was very confusion at first.But on careful analysis, I believe this might turn out to be one of the stronger teams in this year’s IPL.
The team has a tremendous batting line up with Gayle, AB, Virat and Yuvaraj.Throw in the big hitting Albie Morkel – this team will post huge scores, especially in good batting conditions – and win many matches just on the back of batting.In the bowling department, the team seems to have preferred the quick bowlers – all of them seem to be bowlers who…