Sports zone #2 Women’s cricket world cupĀ 

      Eleventh edition of women’s cricket world cup is going to be held from 24 June- 23 July in England.Women’s world cup was held in 1973 for the first time in which England emerged as winners. Then after Australia has dominated the women’s cricket winning the world cup for six times. 

Both Australia and england have shared 9 world cups out of 10 and the only other team to win the world cup was New zealand on 2000. 

Australia – 1978, 1982, 1997, 2005,2013.

England- 1973, 1993, 2009

New Zealand -2000

Eight teams competing for 2017 world cup are Australia, England, New zealand, South Africa, India, west Indies, pakistan and sri lanka.

       Six time champions Australia are favourites to win the world cup. They perform well in all departments of the game batting, bowling and fielding. Winning has now become a habit for Australians. The defending champions is a team to beat in this world cup for other teams.
     

      England are the tough contendors and they also have an added advantange of playing on their home ground. They won both the world cups on 1973 and 1993 on their home ground.

       India had performed exceedingly well in the ODI format in recent times and aiming for their first world cup win under the captaincy of experienced Mithali Raj. 

        New Zealand is one of the favourites in this world cup having huge talent in their side. 

West Indies, finalists of 2013 world cup and defending 20- 20 world cup champions have strong hitters in their side but yet to prove their point on ODI format.
      South Africa is a good side capable of giving tough fight for strong teams. 

       Pakistan and Srilanka have not yet proved themselves against the bigger teams and will have to fight hard to reach semi finals. But they can pull off any match and upset the strong teams. 

This world cup is the most competitive world cup in women’s cricket. 

   Let’s have a look at the squad of the Indian side and their strength.

      With a strong batting line India has a very good chance of winning the world cup. But they will have to give their combined team effort to beat teams like Australia and England.

1. Mithali Rajcaptain

     Mithali Raj,the pillar of Indian team is ranked 2nd in ODI rankings. She is being consitenly performing well over the years and only the second player to cross 5000 runs in ODI’s. She has played 5 world cups so far and leading her young team in high hopes of winning the worldcup this time.

2.Harmanpreet kaurvice captain

     Harmanpreer kaur is the key player and a match winner for the team India. She is a stylish player of Indian team and cricket fans can expect some classy shots from her.She clears the boundary ropes with ease whenever the team needs.
 She helped India win world cup qualifiers against south Africa. It was a thrilling last ball win with one wicket remaining, hitting a six and two runs in Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s style.

3. Jhulan Goswami

     Jhulan Goswami is a senior bowler  leading the Indian bowling side and bowls regularly at an incredible speed of more than 120 kph .she is the highest wicket taker in ODI’s with 185 wickets. 

4. Smriti Mandhana

   

    Smriti Mandana is a young talent who is capable of scoring against tough teams. It’s a treat to watch this left hander when she gets going. She was the only Indian player to be named in the Icc women’s team of the year 2016.

5.Deepti sharma

   At the age of 19, Deepti sharma has scored the second highest individual score in ODI’s 188 runs against Ireland this year.

6.Veda krishnamurthy

    Veda krishnamurthy plays crucial knocks in the middle order. She scores runs in boundaries with a good strike rate.

7.Poonam Raut

   Poonam Raut is a opening batsman adding strength to the Indian top order batting.  Her 320 run partnership with Deepti Sharma against Ireland in world cup qualifiers is the highest partnership in ODI’s.

8.Ekta Bisht

Ekta Bisht leads India’s spin department. She is a slow left arm orthodox bowler who can be a threat to the batsman.
9.Shika pandey

     Shika pandey is a medium pacer and also comes handy in batting when the team requires.

10.Sushma verma- wicket keeper

Sushma verma is the wicket keeper of the Indian team who does her job without any compromise.

11.Rajeshwari gayaknad  

 

    Rajeshwari gayaknad is a slow left arm orthodox bowler. 

12.Mona meshram

     Mona meshram is another young talent who keeps the score board moving.

13.Poonam yadav
      Poonam Yadav is another spin option for Mithali raj.  She is a right arm leg break bowler.

   14.Mansi Joshi                                                 Mansi Joshi is one among the three pacers of Indian team. She has only played 6 matches and got 4 wickets under her name.This tournament is a huge opportunity for her if she gets a chance to play.

15.Nuzhak Parween.

    She has only played one match for India in which she did not bat.
Key players from other teams

1.Australia 

Meg lanning ( captain)  tops the ODI batting rankings.

Elyse perry

  Elyse perry is one of the finest all rounders in women’s cricket. 

2.England 

Sarah Taylor 

     The comeback of this wicket keeper batsman to the team is a huge plus for the England. She is a bundle of talent and plays her natural game with ease.

Nat sciver

  This all rounder of England team is currently enjoying her form in both bowling and batting. It seems impossible to stop her once she settles in.

3.South Africa

Marizanne kapp  is the number one bowler in ODI rankings. 

4.West indies

Deandra Dottin is the all rounder of West Indies team. she became the first woman to score hundred in 20-20 internationals.

Stafanie taylor

    Stafanie taylor(captain) is the number one all rounder in the ODI rankings.

5.New zealand

Suzie bates( captain) 

    New zealand captain Suzie bates is the star batsman for her team.

Amy satterthwhaite

   She became the first player to score four consecutive hundreds. She is a right arm medium pacer.

6.Sri lanka

Shashikala siriwardana

This off spinner has taken 106 wickets so far and is equally good with the bat.

7. Pakistan
  Sana Mir(captain)

Sana Mir is the best player of the pakistan team and currently ranked 8th in ODI bowling.

      

On the opening day of the tournament,India is playing against England on 24th of June.Telecaststar sports. New zealand takes on sri lanka on the same day.

   Ten matches out of 31 matches will be telecasted on star sports and the rest 21 matches will be live streamed online on Hotstar.

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Sports zone # 1 Interview with cricketer

Hemalatha Dayalan is a dedicated and a promising player of Tamil nadu cricket team who has represented INDIA RED and SOUTH ZONE. 

  Hemalatha is a right-handed batsman and a right arm off break bowler.  She not only scores big with the bat but also has proven her expertise at fielding which  is her forte. The sharp catches she takes in slips looks easy on the eye and her effortless dives saves runs drastically which in turn boosts up her team.

She shares her cricket journey with a cool attitude.

Cricket is considered as a men’s sport. When and how did you choose cricket?

    I played many games such as football, hockey, kabbadi, tennis, etc. But cricket is where my heart lies.  It was during college I decided to play professional cricket. Before that I only played street cricket with boys. I had no clue about women’s cricket.

What quality do you think makes you stand out from the other players?

    Winning is my goal. I always push myself to win the game for my team without giving up till the last ball is bowled. More importantly, I give it all in the ground which I believe is my biggest strength.

What’s your best innings so far?

   My best innings is 152 against hydrebad this year. When I entered the crease, I was doubful If I can perform well. I never thought I would make it to 150 but things turned around. It’s my first century and a memorable one.

Tell us about playing for INDIA RED under Harmanpreet Kaur.

   Playing under the captaincy of Haranpreet kaur was a memorable and a learning experience. ‘Giving up’ is a term that doesn’t exist in her dictionary. Even if all the 10 players in the team are down in confidence, she can single handledly lift the morale of the team with her flamboyant personality.

How do you prepare yourself before a match?

   Mental strength is more important in cricket. Once I couldn’t perform well in the match as I wasn’t mentally prepared. But now I have changed my approach. I ensure I stay calm and stress free before the match.

Are you a aggressive player or a defensive player?

   My batting style was more aggressive in the beginning of my career. But now I have learnt to strike the ball gently and stay calm at the crease.This approach has helped me perform on a consistent basis.

Have you ever faced any difficulties in your career? 

   I met with a bike accident in the year 2015. Doctor had advised me to take a break from cricket for 2 years. It was the difficult phase of my cricket career.After a year I bounced back. All my previous performances vanished into thin air and I had to start from the scratch to prove my worth again.

Have you ever thought of quitting cricket at any point? 

  ” It’s more than impossible for me to give up cricket. In fact I can’t even imagine doing so”, the passion in her eyes said it all. Indeed it divulged her mind more than her  words could ever tell. 

What’s the drawback in women’s cricket? 

    The main drawback I see in women’s cricket is lack of job opportunities and sponshorship. And also, matches and tournaments are not held on regular basis. 

When do you think women’s cricket can become popular as men’s cricket?

    Women’s cricket is getting popular in our country after the 20-20 world cup and Asia cup. Number of girls who are taking up cricket as a career is also increasing gradually. Diana Edulji, former cricketer, is working hard in the panel Committee of BCCI for women’s cricket to get all the required recognition.

Who’s your pillar of strength?

    My parents have always been supportive and I owe my success to them. My coach Peter Fernandes has worked on my batting skills and brought out the best in me.

What’s your dream and how are you working towards it?

    My ultimate dream is to play for the country. Right now, I’m zeroing in my consistency in batting.

Do you think our Indian women’s team can lift up the world cup this time?

    It was a narrow miss  in the 20 -20 world cup last time. But this time, I’m positive they will leave no stone unturned to lift the world cup. 

Rapid fire

Batting or bowling?     Batting

Fours or sixes?               Fours

Favourite shot?             Cover drive

Favourite player?           Adam Gilchrist

Secret wish                       to play with                                                          Mithali Raj

Best thing you learnt     Discipline
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