India beat Australia by 17 runs in the first match of the tournament
Indian leg-spinner Poonam Yadav took 4 wickets for 19 runs
Ayaz Memon Feb 23, 2020, 09:43 AM IST The Indian team caught everyone's attention by beating Australia by 17 runs in the first match of the Women's T20 World Cup. The score of 132 seemed small against defending champions Australia. But Team India registered a thrilling win. Leg-spinner Poonam Yadav bowled brilliantly and took four wickets for 19 runs. His performance encouraged other bowlers and fielders. Due to this, the team registered a thrilling win.
Even the fans could not believe this victory. A similar big bang was expected in this World Cup. The ICC has raised the level of the tournament considerably and has also made considerable publicity. The final of the tournament will be played on 8 March ie International Women's Day. This can be called a good idea. Apart from this, another aspect of the game also needs to be looked at.
The finals on 8 March will see every major sport as a business. If a large number of fans arrive in a World Cup match, then sponsors and broadcasters will join it. The ICC and Cricket Australia have made a lot of efforts to make this tournament a success. Apart from this, all are expecting the final between India and Australia on 8 March.
The most visible cricket on the Indian team is growing rapidly. Home teams attract fans, but the most eyes are on India. India and Australia may be at the forefront of the race but many big teams will have to be defeated to reach the finals. Harmanpreet's team can reach here only after performing consistently well. It is a good thing that how soon the Indian team has made it to the top team. This was possible only when women's cricket came under the BCCI. Shantarangaswamy, Diana Edulji, Shubhangi Khapre, Fauzia Khalili who played 30–35 years ago were all world class but lacked facilities and money. I saw players playing tournaments with their own money.
Now the level of women's cricket is good, after becoming President of Huashard Pawar, BCCI started focusing on women's cricket, then this great journey is going on. The players also received a central contract. But the most important players started playing more international matches and tournaments. This made the players experienced and inspired many young players to join the game. Today our team has some big names like Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Poonam Yadav, Jemima Rodriguez and Shefali Verma. Women's cricket is growing rapidly in the country. A World Cup title can increase it several times. Like it happened in men's cricket after winning the World Cup in 1983. Best of luck for the good.