The memories of the 2017 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup still resonate, when India performed remarkably and came out as the first runner up. The team proved to be a tough challenge to the three-time winner, England in their home turf. Though the team’s dream to hold the world cup remained ten runs distant, under the dynamic leadership of Mithali Raj, the team did make a mark for itself in the history of the Indian women’s cricket journey.
Furthermore, the upcoming T20 World Cup in 2020 under the direction of Harmanpreet Kaur, provides an opportunity to set the score right as India desperately wants another chance to reach its destined glory. Expectations of the cricket lovers with the team are doubtlessly high with record performances of the players like Jhulan Goswami, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Shama, Poonam Yadav, Punam Raut, and others.
However, India still awaits the world cup victory like 1983 and 2011. Will the team Mithali and Harmanpreet, be able to do, is to be seen, Coach Raman is confident that the team is on the right path. He and the team are brimming with confidence from the fact that the Mithali and company recently in its West Indies tour, won three matches ODI series by the score of 2-1 and T-20 International series by the score of 5-0 in which the youngest ever, 15 years old Shafali Varma bagged player of the series. She broke the record of mighty Sachin Tendulkar to score a 50 in international cricket.
Interestingly, Indian cricket has seen many changes over the decades. Before Saurav Ganguly, India used to be known as the soft performer internationally which means its dependence on the individual performances from the likes of Gavaskar, Kapil Dev Sachin Tendulkar, Azharuddin, Sehwag, Dravid, etc. Ganguly, with his strong leadership, brought a shift from individual centrism to more of a team effort, furthered by Dhoni and Kohli.
This shift can also be seen in the Women’s team nurtured by Mithali Raj. Coach too credits the team captain for bringing the terrific work ethics to the side.
Notwithstanding the efforts and achievements, the Women team still struggles for the support paralleled to the Indian Men’s Cricket team let alone the endorsement aspect. It is hard to forget that women’s team didn’t play any cricket internationally post ICC Women’s world cup-2017 for seven months, even after the breathtaking performance.
Lastly, it is crucial to recognize that players have hard-won the place they deserve in the intensively competitive arena, especially in the context of cricket. As of now, the Women team stands at 2nd in ODI rankings and 5th in T-20, which signifies coming too far from losing all the matches in 1978, its maiden world cup match to reach the finals in 2017.
Now the team has set its eye on the T-20 world cup next year in Australia and World Cup in 2021. Let’s hope for the best.