Hello people! I hope you are doing the best! and yeah we are really sorry for not posting any article for past few days because of some other commitments. Well what’s gone, is gone, let’s focus on the things at hand! All of our previous articles were circled around Male cricketers and Male cricket tournaments, but this article is going to revolve around women’s championship. Yes! you guessed it right we are going to talk about the on-Women’s World T20 World cup in Australia. The duration of the world cup is from 21st of February to 8th March 2020. Speaking of Indian Women team, boy this team has improved it’s rankings by many folds! All because of the foundation stone laid by Mithali Raj and her deputy Harmanpreet Kaur carrying on her Legacy with her girls.
A total of 10 teams which are going to feature in this edition of World Cup, out of which 8 teams got automatically qualified and other 2 teams (Bangladesh and Thailand) had to play the qualifiers. Australia will have the onus on themselves to defend the cup as they were the title-holders of the 2018 edition. Well, the tournament is already underway with 4 matches already done and dusted, out of which India has already won their first two matches. Well, India did show some really strong intend in their preparations in the recently concluded Tri-series between India, England, and Australia.
Speaking of Indian Captain and Stalwart Harmanpreet Kaur, had already shown positive signs for her campaign ahead of the World Cup, she spoke about handling pressure situations, how the results in the previous editions (3 times semi-finalists) of the tournament have taught them some really important lessons, in her pre-world cup speech, she also backed the Vice-captain Smriti Madhana by appreciating her Batting and stroke-play, and how she can play a paramount role at the start of the innings. Mandhana had accumulated more than 400 runs in T20I’s in 2019. Mithali Raj’s retirement from this format of the game saw the 15 year old Shafali making her debut for India, the cap was also presented to other 2 youngsters named – Tanya Bhatia and Radha Yadav.
Much Credit also goes to the newly appointed team coach – W.V. Raman for inculcating and elevating the fitness level of the entire team, which eventually helped in increasing the confidence of the younger players who helped India under tough situations and also helped India dominated the second half of 2019, especially in the shorter format of the game, which in-turn helped the Captain’s vision of a solid team-bonding. Talking about 2019, India steadfastly defeated some strong contenders like South Africa and West Indies in the tri-series and the team effort got them to the finals.
Indian teams fielding and fitness still remains a bit of an issue for the team management along with the batting positions and filling up some loopholes between batting positions, but the team has shown more than promising signs to cover-up for that. Much focus will be cemented on the 19-year old Jemimah Rodrigues or “Lil J” a girl hailing from Mumbai’s Bandra district has been the new excitement for the team she is touted to be the lead Vocalist and Guitarist, apart from that she had amassed a humongous 401 runs for the Yorkshire Diamond in the Kia League which was played in England in 2019. She played her very first match in Australia in the year 2020, in the tri-series. What makes me personally excited about this set-up is the presence of just so many young players, imagine the energy and enthusiasm of this young girls, who have got this prestigious opportunity under their belt to play in such a prestigious tournament, man can’t be a more exciting time to be the part of the team. Well, after the 2018 women’s world cup got over rather abruptly, there were a lot of controversies in which the then coach of the team had the lead role to play, but this time around in 2020, the team and the youngsters in particular have stated that the after-effects of the previous edition will have no effect to the team this time around.
The Indian team was the first to arrive in Australia to start with their campaign and preparations for the world-cup, citing to which the Coach commented that the players are in a good nick and they working well on their skills and are looking to strengthen them even more. He told the media that the team needs more consistency and needs to raise the bar of fitness, as the par scores for team batting first in Australia can well be above 150-160. The captain Harmanpreet, recently spoke about the growth of Women cricket in general, by saying that the T20 format has the largest potential to revolutionise the game even further, it was not long ago that a par-score in cricket was 120-130, teams are looking much more confident and adept and are trying to get bigger scores on the board, well I second her on that thought. Well, in the end the experienced will definitely need to step-up to the game and bring out their A-game under tricky situations, batting first the team will need to put a score of 170-175 runs to get it above par. In the bowling department a lot of onus will be placed on the leggie Poonam Yadav and pacer Shikha Pandey.
India have already won their first two matches against the strong Aussies and the Bangladeshi’s with conviction, but they are still on more win away from the knock-out matches, India are placed in Group A, with it’s next two fixtures coming against New-Zealand on 27th of February and Sri Lanka on 29th respectively. In the end it will all depend on how effectively you showcase your skills in the big matches, and what type of character you display on the field.
Ok Guys, so this was our brief coverage of the ICC Womens T20 World Cup, we will surely keep you covered up with the latest updates and happenings in and around the cricket environment! Until next time, it’s your host Parth Minawala signing off on behalf of Team Cookie Way!