The ICC Women’s World Cup cricket begins tomorrow on 24th June 2017. England, the hosts, will face the India team in the opener on Saturday.
The Indian Women’s side played against Sri Lanka in their warm-up match. India won by 109 runs, showing that the team is in excellent form. However, England have won six out of nine meetings with the Indian women’s team in the Women’s World Cup since India first played in 1978.
India Women’s Cricket Team Enter the World Cup with Confidence
With Mithali Raj as skipper, the Indian Women’s team is ready to take on England in the opener of the Women’s ICC World Cup cricket tournament. This is the fifth time that Mithali Raj is playing in the Women’s World Cup.
Mithali has tallied a high score of 103 runs not out against Pakistan in the Women’s World Cup Cricket in 2013. She had an average of 60.83. The 34-year-old player’s experience will be invaluable for the rest of the team.
“Our first target will be to reach the semi-finals,” said Mithali. “But for that you need to be able to play good cricket throughout the tournament and have good momentum.”
Women’s Cricket is Not in the Limelight
At this time, the Indian Men’s cricket team is playing a One Day International series in the West Indies, and it appears that the focus may be on this tournament with the women’s cricket team largely ignored.
Mithali commented on the situation: “There’s a lot of difference because we are not a regular on television. Now the BCCI has made an effort that the last two home series have been televised, and social media has improved a lot of it, but there is still a lot of catch-up to do in terms of recognition.”
At a recent press conference, a journalist asked Mithali who her favourite male cricket player is. Mithali turned the question around and asked the journalist whether the same question would be asked of a male cricketer about their favourite female cricketer.
Women’s cricket in India has come a long way, and still has a long way to go.