Bat­ting For Women IPL

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How does the re­cent Women World Cup changed per­cep­tion of In­dian view­ers about women cricket?

Af­ter the World Cup, things have changed, and the rea­son was that most of the matches were tele­cast. If we get more matches on tele­vi­sion, I think peo­ple will get to know what ex­actly we are do­ing. Be­fore the World Cup, we won a lot of tour­na­ments but that time the matches were not shown on the TV as such. So no one knew what we were do­ing.

Please elab­o­rate your an­swer…..

Af­ter we be­came first runner up in the World Cup, a lot of peo­ple have been ask­ing me, ‘When is your IPL, BBL, etc’. So peo­ple now ac­tu­ally want to see women’s cricket and that is a big achieve­ment for us.

Women Crick­eters fin­ished runner up in the Women World Cup just one month af­ter the Men In Blue fin­ished runner up in the ICC Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy. How do you feel af­ter match­ing your male coun­ter­parts?

The In­dian team fin­ished run­ners-up at the

Please let us know about some changes that have taken place af­ter the World Cup fi­nal?

Women’s Cricket World Cup this year, with Eng­land win­ning by just nine runs. But, the na­tional men’s team had lost to Pak­istan in the fi­nal of the ICC Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy by 180 runs. But, win­ning berth in fi­nals of an in­ter­na­tional event is al­ways special for both fans and sportsper­sons and we are cher­ish­ing that mo­ment. But, los­ing fi­nals by a whisker would al­ways hurt be­cause game was in our hands till 45-46th over of our bat­ting. Talk­ing fur­ther about the changes that have come about in re­cent years, Har­man­preet shared that fit­ness, a key in­gre­di­ent to win or rather play any match, was ig­nored ear­lier. But over the past two years, the women in the team have be­come more con­scious.

In last two yearsH Women In Blue have given some phe­nom­e­nal per­for­mances. What was the key for such re­sound­ing suc­cess for In­dian eves?

In the last two years, we have im­proved a lot. Ear­lier, we had fit­ness is­sues. Nowa­days, the girls are more pro­fes­sional and they know what to do and what not to do. Every­one is fo­cused on their fit­ness. Skill-wise, no­body can beat us. We have got the best skills — be it bat­ting or bowl­ing.

The only thing was we were lack­ing in field­ing and fit­ness. But now we are work­ing on it... I think in an­other one or two years, we will match the fit­ness level of in­ter­na­tional teams like Aus­tralia,” she added.

Moes these per­for­mances helped change the at­ti­tude of the au­thor­i­ties changed to­wards the women’s cricket team?

Nowa­days, we are get­ting male coaches. I think male coaches have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence here... With that, we get con­fi­dence and ex­pe­ri­ence. I think now that Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI) is do­ing things for us, we will be able to im­prove our game more. Hope­fully we will be get­ting some more bat­ting coach and field­ing coach now. We can learn from them.

Mo you think thing change in at­ti­tude of the BCCI of­fi­cials would trans­late into in­crease in quan­tum of women cricket matches in In­dia?

I am pos­i­tive about it. The quan­tum of in­ter­na­tional matches will in­crease for sure as and the BCCI is hav­ing dis­cus­sion on this and meet­ings are be­ing held.

Per­son­al­lyH what was your feel­ing when you come to know about be­ing awarded Ar­jun Award?

For a sportsper­son, any kind of recog­ni­tion from the gov­ern­ment is wel­come and it boosts your con­fi­dence. Get­ting Ar­juna Award is a dream for any sportsper­son. I thank the gov­ern­ment for think­ing that I am wor­thy of this award and I am very happy for this. This will mo­ti­vate me to work even bet­ter in fu­ture.

You im­proved a lot af­ter play­ing Aus­tralian Big Bash League. Mo you think an IPL like even for women crick­eters in In­dia would serve a lot to women cricket in In­dia?

We get the op­por­tu­nity to play in other leagues like women’s Big Bash League (in Aus­tralia), Kia Su­per League (in Eng­land). If there is women’s IPL in In­dia, it will be very big (sup­port). I think the BCCI is mulling over on this is­sue. I wish a women’s IPL starts in the near fu­ture.

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