The Indian women’s team suffered a close defeat in the second T20 match at the hands of Australia. (Photo: BCCI Women)
At this time in the cricket world, the season of IPL 2021 is over. The performance of young Indian players has grabbed everyone’s attention. Be it Rituraj Gaikwad or Arshdeep Singh and Avesh Khan… or Rahul Tripathi and Venkatesh Iyer. These new players are being told the future of the Indian men’s cricket team. Team India’s present is also very strong and IPL also has a big contribution in this. On the other hand, there is the Indian Women’s Cricket Team, which is in Australia these days and despite performing well, is losing in close matches. One such defeat was found in the second T20 match on Saturday and after this defeat, once again the tone of the women’s IPL intensified and this time Team India’s T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur added her voice to this tone.
In the second T20 match against Australia in the Gold Coast, the Indian team had raised hopes of victory with strong bowling despite poor batting, but the team could not keep control on critical occasions and the victory slipped out of hand. For some time, different famous and respected voices of world cricket have been demanding women’s IPL. Such demand was being raised in suppressed voices from inside Indian cricket, but after this defeat, the captain Harmanpreet himself said that having women’s IPL will give a good experience to the players of the team.
IPL maturity among young male players
Harmanpreet Kaur cited the IPL and its impact on Indian men’s cricket after the team’s 4-wicket loss at the Gold Coast, saying, “Ever since the IPL got a platform like the IPL, young male players playing at the international level have played their part. Shows maturity in performance, as he has the experience of 40-50 IPL matches, where he might have played good cricket and won matches for his team.”
Need for improvement of women’s cricket team
Describing the absence of IPL as one of the reasons for the impediment in the development of the women’s team, Harmanpreet said, “I think at the moment this is one of the reasons where we are weak. If we get to play good quality domestic cricket before the international matches, we will definitely be able to improve as a team.”
Women’s Challengers T20 Tournament
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had organized a 3-team Challenger tournament during the IPL season itself in the name of Women’s IPL in the last two seasons, which are played during the IPL playoff matches. The entire tournament ends in just 4 matches. This year that too could not be held. At the same time, there are tournaments like Big Bash and T20 Blast for women in Australia and England, in which many players play. Some players of the Indian team have also played in them and this time 8 Indian players will show their strength in the Women’s Big Bash League starting from October 14, which will further strengthen the team in the coming times.
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