As much as Indian women are gaining popularity in the various field of sport, when it comes to cricket, their achievements have always taken a back seat, due to the strong fandom of the Indian male cricket team. However, in the recent times, we can gladly say the “Women in Blue” (the women’s cricket team, hereafter known as Indian Team in the article) is making a remarkable impact and their presence and accomplishments are being highly appreciated.
The Rise of the Women in Blue
Women’s cricket was first introduced in India in 1973 with the formation of Women’s Cricket Association of India. In 1976, the team played its first Test match against West Indies. The Women’s Cricket Association of India was later merged with the Board of Control for Cricket in India in the year 2006. This initiative was taken as a part of International Cricket Council’s (ICC) initiative to develop women’s cricket.
Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017
The 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup is being hosted by England and has started on 24th June 2017. It is the eleventh edition of the Women’s Cricket World Cup. England is hosting the event for the third time after 1973 and 1993 tournaments. Eight teams that are participating in the tournament are Australia, England, New Zealand, West Indies, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
India in 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup
The Indian team is considered to be one of the strongest sides in the tournament. The women played their first match in the series on 24th June, the opening day, against the home team, England and won the match by 35 runs. This was a big moral boost for the Indian team. The next scheduled match for the side in on 29th June when the women in blue will try to establish their victory over the West Indies.
A Quick View of the Indian Players
Mithali Raj She is the skipper of the Indian side and is one of the sought after woman cricket in the cricketing world. Till date, she has scored over 5000 runs in the ODI format with an average of 52. She is the second highest run-getter among the women crickets and only second women cricketer to overtake the 5000-run mark.
Harmanpreet Kaur This right-hander cricketer was the first Indian who got signed by an overseas T20 franchise, Sydney Thunder, the Women’s Big Bash League champions for the 2016-17 season. She made her debut ODI against Pakistan in in the year 2009 and has so far played 69 matches. She has scored 1666 runs and has bagged 14 wickets since.
Jhulan Goswami, She is one of the most experienced players on the side. At the very young age of 19, she made her debut against England in 2002. So far she has bagged more than 180 wickets in the ODI format and has played a key role in the success of the team.
The left-arm bowler has a bowling average of 19.53. With her wide experience with the ball, she is expected to play a key role in India’s upcoming success in 2017 World Cup.
Smriti MandhanaThis 20-year-old is one of most promising youngsters of the side. So far she has played 23 times for India where she has scored 701 runs at an average of over 30. She made us proud by getting selected as only Indian player in the ICC Women’s Team of the Year 2016.
Rajeshwari Gayakwad This young but prominent bowler has the ability to put the opponent batsmen in danger with her left-arm orthodox bowling style.
Mansi Joshi Having played 5 ODI matches for her country; Mansi has picked 3 wickets so far.
Veda Krishnamurthy This talented cricketer made her debut in ODIs against England in 2011. Since then she has played 34 matches and scored 525 runs.
Mona Meshram So far Mona has played 18 ODIs for the country with a total score of 316 runs.
Poonam YadavThis leg-break bowler is all set to help her side restrict the opposition to a lesser total. The leggie has a bowling economy of 3.21 in ODIs.
Punam Raut Her swashbuckling ability to smash the cricket ball paired with her thorough experience on the biggest stage will set Indian a step ahead of its opponents in the crucial times. The right-hander cricketer has so far scored 1186 runs in 44 matches including a century.
Sushma Verma She is the wicketkeeper of the Indian team.
Shikha Pandey This right-arm player made her ODI debut against England in 2014 and since has scored 335 runs at an average of 30.45 in 25 matches. She is also very handy with the ball and has bagged 37 wickets so far in her career.
Nuzhat Parween She was a part of only one match so far and has not got the chance to bat. It will be a good chance for this newcomer to make her mark in the big World Cup Tournament.
Deepti Sharma This 19 YO youngster has played 21 matches so far with a career-best 188 against Ireland. She has scored a total of 745 runs in the Indian jersey at an average of 49.66.
Let’s wish all our girls a very best of luck and hope they bring the prestigious Cup to the country.