Indian women’s cricket team has produced phenomenal performances in the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup and are set to take on hosts England in the finals in Lords. After their solid display in the semi-final against Australia the Indian eves were applauded by one and all on social media for their triumph.
Several congratulatory messages flowed in for the Indian eves who are on the verge of creating history. However the women’s part in the sport has always been ignored even in a cricket worshiping country like ours, thanks to ICC’s decision to televise the women’s event which has revamped the fans’ interest in the tournament. But let’s be honest, once we are done with the World Cup, we will forget our women heroes.
To keep the fire alive inside the fans and allow more female cricketers to realise their potential in the game, the cricket board can come up with an innovative female-based cricket tournament similar to IPL and Big Bash. Australian Women’s captain Meg Lanning has also voiced for a women’s IPL saying that it could create a similar impact like women’s Big Bash League.
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag has been amongst a few to recognise the potential of a big tournament like IPL which can transform the status of women’s cricket in the country. He once took to Twitter to write to BCCI vouching for a women’s IPL.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) May 16, 2017
If considered by the Board, the move could really turn around the fortunes of women’s cricket in India and bring a revolution in this cricket worshipping nation.
The likes of Mithali Raj, Punam Raut, Jhulan Goswami and Harmanpreet Kaur have established themselves as big guns in women’s cricket.
For Harmanpreet Kaur, India’s hero in the recently concluded semi-final against Australia where she played a brilliant knock of 171 not out in 115 balls, it won’t be a difficult transition to make as the Punjab cricketer has already proven herself in the Big Bash league, Australia. Harmanpreet plays for the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash league; she is also accompanied by her team mate Smriti Mandhana who represents Brisbane Heat in the Australian T-20 league.
IPL has been highly successful for men’s cricket, and some of the big names of current Indian team, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav have progressed through the ranks of IPL.
Indian eves have shown their hunger for success in every tournament they have played and their willingness to announce themselves to the world cannot be denied.
A tournament as such for our women’s cricketers will make India a dominant force in the sport.