Cricket is definitely one of the most sought after sports in India. Wherever you find a group of boys together, they would be discussing as to who would be batting first. Naturally girls don’t want to be left behind. Although cricket was introduced in India in 1700s, the Women’s Cricket Association of India was formed in 1973. The Indian women’s team played their first ICC Women’s Championship in 1973 and their first Test match in 1976, against the West Indies.
History of Matches – ICC Women’s Championship
There are totally 10 teams that participated in the ICC Women’s Championship 2017. They are Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies. Indian Women’s team ranks fourth amongst these teams. In a total of 11 World Cups played, Indian Women’s Team has been Runner up twice, in 2005 and 2017.
2017 ICC Women’s Championship:
Although, they lost in the final stage, we can still give kudos to this enthusiastic team. The match that was played at Lords’ was definitely an eve to remember for the Indian Women’s team as well as for all the young women out there who aspire to join this great team.
Two team players of India Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur are counted among the top 10 scorers of the ICC Women’s Championship. Harmanpreet Kaur was like the backbone of the team. Her six of the penalty ball was seen in the World Cup qualifying match. Later, her stunts in the ICC Women’s Championship Semi-final match against Australia swept the entire national off their feet. Her score 96 run off first 100 balls moving on to an unbeaten score of 171 from 115 balls left the crowd applauding with amazement.
Rajeshwari Gayakwad took 5 phenomenal wickets in just 7.3 overs against New Zealand. In the very first match of the tournament against England, Smriti Mandhana was the highest scorer with 90 runs. In the later match with West Indies, she stood unbeaten scoring 106 runs. She is also the youngest Indian female (21 years) who scored a century in International match. Deepti Sharma has been ranked as on of the highestwicket taker from either side with 12 wickets. India has four bowlers among the top 15. And last but definitely not the least, the captain of the team Mithali Raj who is not only a consistent performer but also an outstanding supporter. She scored 109 in the match against New Zealand becoming the very first woman cricketer who has crossed 6000 runs in ODIs.
A Final Word
It may seem to the critics that the efforts were just not enough. But, to be honest, a World Cup is so much more. The sweat and pain of four years shows out on the field there. However, confidence and luck do play their parts as well. So, instead of feeling left out, let’s all welcome our Women in Blue with tall shoulders and three cheers for having played a brilliant game. Let us also show them that we do expect more as citizens of this country and we are sure that history will be changed.