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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.