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July 06, 2017 , ,
ऐसे पांच भारतीय खिलाड़ी जिनकी कप्तानी में कभी नहीं हारी टीम
इस समय मुख्य रूप से भारतीय टीम के कप्तान विराट कोहली है। उनकी मौजूदा कप्तानी में टीम ने कई मैच जीते और कई मैच हारे हैं। वहीं महेंद्र सिंह धोनी ने भी अपनी कप्तानी में भारत को कई असम्भव मैच जितवाए हैं, लेकिन हम आपको बता दें कि इनके इलावा भी कई ऐसे भारतीय खिलाड़ी है जिन्होंने अपनी कप्तानी में 100 प्रतिशत दिया। आज हम आपको उन पांच भारतीय कप्तानों के बारे में बताएंगे जिनकी कप्तानी में भारत कभी मैच नहीं हारा। 

1.अनिल कुंबले
भारतीय टीम के पूर्व गेंदबाज अनिल कुंबले ने बतौर कप्तान टीम को अपना 100 प्रतिशत दिया है। एक पारी में दस विकट लेने वाले वह इकलौते खिलाड़ी है। उन्होंने 2002 में वनडे मैच में कप्तानी की जिसमें टीम को जीत मिली थी। यह उनका बतौर कप्तान इकलौता मैच था। 


2.सुरेश रैना 
सुरेश रैना ने 2010 में जिम्बॉब्वे के खिलाफ टी20 दौरे पर दो मैचो में कप्तानी की थी। इन दोनो मैचो में भातर को जीत तो मिली लेकिन इसके साथ-साथ सुरेश रैना मैन ऑफ द मैच और मैन ऑफ द सीरीज का अवॉर्ड भी जीते थे। 2011 में वेस्टइंडीज को भी भारत ने उन्हीं की कप्तानी में टी20 मैच हराया था।


3.अजिंक्य रहाणे
ऑस्ट्रेलिया के खिलाफ धर्मशाला टेस्ट में चोटिल हो गए कप्तान विराट कोहली की जगह पर अजिंक्य रहाणे ने कप्तानी संभाली थी जिसमें भारत ने टोस्ट मैच जीता था। 2015 के जिम्बॉब्वे दौरे पर गई टीम इंडिया ने तीनों वनडे मैच उन्हीं की कप्तानी में जीते थे। 


4.गौतम गंभीर
 गौतम गंभीर ने न्यूजीलैंड के खिलाफ कप्तानी की थी। उन्होंने 5 वनडे मैचों में टीम की कप्तानी की थी और सब में भारत की जीत हुई थी।  उन्होंने इस दौरे में दो शतक भी लगाए थे, जिसकी बदौलत वह  मैन ऑफ द मैच और मैन ऑफ द सीरीज चुने गए थे। 


5.वीरेंद्र सहवाग
वीरेंद्र सहवाग उन दो कप्तानों में से एक हैं, जिनका टी20 में विनिंग रिकॉर्ड 100 प्रतिशत का है। पहला टी20 भारत ने उनकी कुप्तानी में द.अफ्रीका के खिलाफ 2006 में खेला था, जिसमें उसे 6 विकेट से जीत मिली थी। वह भारत के पहले टी20 कप्तान थे।

July 06, 2017 , ,
रनआउट से शुरू हुई थी कहानी, पढ़ें धोनी से जुड़ी 10 बड़ी बातें
भारतीय टीम के विकेटकीपर व बल्लेबाज महेंद्र सिंह धोनी का आज 36वां जन्मदिन है। माही के नाम से मशहूर धोनी का जन्म सात जुलाई 1981 को रांची में हुआ था। धोनी झारखंड के पहले अंतरराष्ट्रीय क्रिकेटर हैं। धोनी अभी वेस्टइंडीज में पांच मैच की वनडे सीरीज और एक टी20 मुकाबला खेलने में व्यस्त हैं। धोनी एक दशक से भी ज्यादा समय तक विकेटकीपर, बल्लेबाज, कप्तान हर भूमिका में फिट रहे।
1. 2004 से शुरू हुआ था करियर
महेंद्र सिंह धोनी एक ऐसा नाम जो क्रिकेट इतिहास में अविष्मरणीय है, 23 दिसंबर 2004 को बांग्लादेश के जमीं पर अपने करियर की शुरूआत करने वाले धोनी ने जब पहले ही मैच में बिना खाता खोले रनआउट हो गए तो किसी को भी यह अंदाजा नहीं था कि भारतीय क्रिकेट के भविष्य का लीजेंड क्रिकेटर बनकर उभरेगा।
2. हेलीकॉप्टर शॉट का ट्रेंड
धोनी ने मॉडर्न क्रिकेट को अपने नजरिए देखना शुरू किया, पहले तो पाकिस्तान के खिलाफ 148 और श्रीलंका के खिलाफ 183 रनों की ताबड़तोड़ पारी खेलकर सभी को चौंकाया। 'हेलीकॉप्टर शॉट' की इजाद सिर्फ और सिर्फ धौनी ही कर सके। उनके अलावा आज तक और कोई भी बल्लेबाज के द्वारा ऐसा शॉट खेलते हुए नहीं देखा गया।
3. टी-20 का पहला विश्व कप
ताबड़तोड़ बल्लेबाजी से छाए धौनी को टी-20 की कप्तानी सौंपी गई और 2007 में पाकिस्तान को फाइनल में हराकर पहला टी-20 विश्व कप भारत के झोली में डाली। इसके बाद धौनी का ओहदा लगातार बढ़ता गया और वनडे-टेस्ट की कप्तानी भी मिल गई। पहले टेस्ट में और फिर वनडे में टीम इंडिया को बादशाहत हासिल हुई।
4. 2011 का वर्ल्ड कप
2007 वर्ल्ड कप में बांग्लादेश से हार के बाद वर्ल्ड कप से बाहर हो जाने के बाद टीम इंडिया नए जोश-खरोश के साथ 2011 के वर्ल्ड कप में पहुंची थी। धौनी की कप्तानी में जीत की शुरूआत बांग्लादेशियों को बांग्लादेश की जमीं पर हराकर ही शुरू किया। इसके बाद आयरलैंड, नीदरलैंड, वेस्ट इंडीज को हराकर क्वार्टर फाइनल में पहुंचे। जहां भारत का मुकाबला ऑस्ट्रेलिया से हुआ और टीम इंडिया ने कंगारुओं को 5 विकेट से हरा दिया।
5. सेमी में पाकिस्तान और फाइनल में श्रीलंका को धूल चटाया
इसके बाद सेमीफाइनल में अपने चिरप्रतिद्वंदी पाकिस्तान को 29 रनों से हराकर फाइनल में एंट्री की। जिसके बाद फाइनल में श्रीलंका को 6 विकेट से हरा दिया और भारत 28 साल बाद दूसरा विश्व कप धौनी के कप्तानी में जीत लिया। इसका श्रेय सचिन तेंदुलकर ने खुद धौनी को भी दिया।
6. विश्व कप जीतने के बाद सिर मुंडवाया
2011 के बाद भारतीय टीम अब दुनिया की सर्वश्रेष्ठ टीम बन गई थी और धौनी करोड़ों हिन्दुस्तानियों के दिलों पर राज करने लगे। उन्होंने न सिर्फ सचिन तेंदुलकर का बल्कि हर एक क्रिकेट प्रेमियों का सपना पूरा किया। धौनी ने मन्नत मानी थी कि विश्वकप जीतने के बाद अपने सिर मुंडवा लेंगे, जोकि विश्व कप जीतने के दूसरे दिन देखने को भी मिला।
7. टेस्ट टीम से संन्यास
30 दिसंबर 2014 को धौनी ने टेस्ट टीम से संन्यास ले लिया। धोनी ने भारत के लिए 90 टेस्ट मैच खेले। उन्हीं की कप्तानी में भारतीय टीम टेस्ट में दुनिया की नंबर एक टीम बनी। जिसके बाद विराट कोहली टेस्ट टीम के कप्तान बने।
8. चैंपियंस ट्रॉफी में मिली जीत
टी-20 और विश्व कप जीताने के बाद अब धौनी की निगाहें मिनी वर्ल्ड कप कहे जाने वाले 'चैंपियंस ट्रॉफी' पर थी। 2013 में धौनी ने इंग्लैंड के खिलाफ फाइनल जीतकर इसे भी भारत के झोली में डाल दिया।
9. वनडे टीम की कप्तानी छोड़ी
धौनी को वनडे और टी-20 से 4 जनवरी 2017 को कप्तानी छोड़ने पड़ी। उन्होंने कुल 199 वनडे और 72 टी-20 मैचों में कप्तानी की। रिकी पोंटिंग और स्टेफिन फ्लेमिंग के बाद धौनी एकलौते ऐसे खिलाड़ी है, जिन्होंने अपने देश के लिए सबसे ज्यादा वनडे मैचों के लिए कप्तानी की।
10. सचिन जैसे धौनी-धौनी की गूंज
एक समय था जब ग्राउंड पर मास्टर ब्लाटर सचिन तेंदुलकर उतरते थे तो सचिन-सचिन की गूंज पूरे देश में सुनाई देती थी। महेंद्र सिंह धोनी भारत का दूसरे ऐसे लीजेंड प्लेयर्स में है, जो मैदान पर कदम रखते ही धोनी-धोनी की गूंज सिर्फ स्टेडियम में नहीं बल्कि देश के हर घरों से सुनाई देती है।

July 05, 2017 , ,
India defeated Sri Lanka by 16 runs in an ICC Women’s World Cup match at Derby. Mithali Raj and Deepti Sharma scored a half-century for the winners. Get full cricket score of India vs Sri Lanka here.

India defeated Sri Lanka by 16 runs in an ICC Women’s World Cup match at Derby. Mithali Raj and Deepti Sharma scored a half-century for the winners. Get full cricket score of India vs Sri Lanka here.


India (232/8) beat Sri Lanka (216/7) to register their fourth straight win at the ICC Women’s World Cup on Wednesday. Batting first, Mithali Raj and Deepti Sharma scored 53 and 78 respectively as India scored 232/8 in 50 overs.In reply Sri Lanka could manage only 212/7 in 50 overs to slump to yet another loss.

Teams:

India: Punam Raut, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Mithali Raj (captain), Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Ekta Bisht, Sushma Verma, Poonam Yadav.



Sri Lanka: Nipuni Hansika, Hasini Perera, Chamari Atapattu, Shashikala Siriwardene, Dilani Manodara, Prasadani Weerakkody, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Chandima Gunaratne, Ama Kanchana, Sripali Weerakkody, Inoka Ranaweera (captain).


दोनों टीमें इस प्रकार हैं..


भारत: मिताली राज (कप्तान), पूनम राउत, स्मृति मंधाना,  दीप्ति शर्मा, हरमनप्रीत कौर, वेदा कृष्णमूर्ति, सुषमा वर्मा,  झूलन गोस्वामी, मानसी जोशी, एकता बिष्ट और पूनम यादव.

श्रीलंका:  इनोका रनवीरा (कप्‍तान),  निपुनी हंसिका, हासिनी परेरा, , चामरी अटापट्टू,  शशिकला श्रीवर्देना, दिलानी मनोदरा, प्रसादिनी वीराकोडी, ओशादी रानासिंघे, चंदिमा गुणारत्ने, अमा कंचना और  श्रीपाली वीराकोडी.

July 02, 2017 , ,
India vs Pakistan, ICC Women’s World Cup 2017
India vs Pakistan, ICC Women’s World Cup 2017
DERBY (England): Left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht came to the fore with a stellar show as India crushed arch-rivals Pakistan by 95 runs in a low-scoring encounter to record their third successive victory in the ICC Women's World Cup on Sunday. 

After a couple of impressive outings by the batswomen, it was the turn of Bisht (10-2-18-5) and Co. to defend a meagre total of 169, skittling the opposition out for a lowly 74 in 38.1 overs. 

India now have six points from three games and are at the top of the table. It was a sweet revenge for the Indian eves, who were beaten at home when the two teams met in the ICC World T20 in Delhi, last year. 

What looked like a sub-par score turned out to be a challenging one for Pakistani batters, who have never successfully chased more than 134 in a 50-over World Cup game. 

They were all at sea against Ekta's arm balls. She removed Ayesha Zafar (1), Sidra Nawaz (0) and Iram Javed (0) in her first four overs to wreak havoc. 

All three deliveries were almost identical where the batters played for the turn but it didn't turn much after pitching. She later came back to get a couple of wickets more. 

Pakistan never recovered from that setback. Seamers Jhulan Goswami (1/12 in 5 overs) and young Mansi Joshi (2/9 in 6.1 overs) were also on target. Deepti Sharma (1/21) and Harmanpreet Kaur (1/6) were economical as all the batswomen struggled to get going. 

Opener Nahida Khan (23 off 62 balls) and skipper Sana Mir (29) were the only ones to reach double figures for Pakistan. 

Indian skipper Mithali Raj praised Ekta for her performance. 

"I am proud of Ekta's performance. Whenever she has been handed the new ball, she has performed. There were some anxious moments when we lost the top-order (while batting). The partnership between Sushma Verma and Jhulan Goswami towards the end was also important. When we got to a total of 169, I knew that if we could bowl well, it could be anybody's game," said Mithali. 

Man-of-the-Match Ekta said: "The plan was to pile on dot balls, because we were confident of the target we set." 

She said that she never had any problems bowling with the new ball. 

"I don't face much of a problem bowling with the new ball. The track spun more than it had during our game against England. Irrespective of how the pitch is, my job is to bowl and take wickets and I hope I can continue doing that for my team." 

Earlier, Indian batters had a disappointing day as they could only manage a paltry 169 for 9 after electing to bat. 

The Indian innings never gained momentum in their innings once in-form Smriti Mandhana (2) was dismissed cheaply. Worse, skipper Raj (8) and her deputy Harmanpreet Kaur (10) could not also score too many runs, making it difficult for the other players to accelerate. 

Opener Punam Raut (48) consumed 72 balls while Deepti Sharma fared no better playing 63 balls for a sedate 28. 

It was keeper Sushma Verma (33 off 35 balls), who used the long handle to get the team near 170-run mark. 

One of the main reasons for India not being able to get past 200-run mark was because of a very slow fifth wicket partnership between Mona Meshram (6, 35 balls) and Harmanpreet (10, 23 balls). They were together for 8 overs (between 26.3 and 34.3) which yielded only 13 runs. 

Verma, Bisht drive India to comprehensive 


The sun was out in its full glory on Sunday and fans from all around the United Kingdom poured through the turnstiles at the County Ground to watch India take on Pakistan in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, creating an electric atmosphere with music, chanting and dancing. 

They had all come to watch established names like Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur and Sana Mir in action, but ended up witnessing the birth of three new stars. 

Diana Baig was outstanding with the new ball and on the field, and Nashra Sandhu produced a high-quality display of left-arm spin to return figures of 4 for 26 for Pakistan. But it was Sushma Verma’s career-best effort of 35-ball 33 from No. 7 in the company of the tail-enders that set up India’s 95-run win in a low-scoring game. 

With India badly placed at 107 for 5 in 34.3 overs, Verma found enough support from Jhulan Goswami and Mansi Joshi to take her team to 169 for 9. Having never successfully chased more than 135 in World Cups, Pakistan had little answer against Ekta Bisht. The left-arm spinner returned 5 for 18 as Pakistan was dismissed for 74 in 38.1 overs. It was Bisht's second five-wicket haul against Pakistan in as many games, and the best returns by an Indian in World Cups. 

Goswami and Bisht provided India with the ideal start with four leg before wicket dismissals in the first eight overs. Bisht was particularly dangerous, as Ayesha Zafar, Sidra Nawaz and Iram Javed played for the turn, only for the ball to hold its line and hit the pad. From the other end, Goswami got one to come back in and trap Javeria Khan in front. 

Deepti Sharma and Joshi, playing this game instead of Shikha Pandey, then joined the party as Pakistan was reduced to 26 for 6 in 15 overs. It had played out a total of 76 dot balls by then, and had little chance of staging a recovery. 
  
Kaur had Nahida Khan caught behind to give Verma her first action behind the stumps in the 24th over. It was in front of the stumps, though, that Verma made her biggest impact. Having scored just 13 runs in eight innings till this match, very little was expected of Verma when she took guard in the 35th over. It was her first real test on the big stage, and she passed it with flying colours even though Mona Meshram – her first partner of the day – failed to rotate the strike before being bowled for six off 35 balls. 

Many had felt Goswami, the more experienced among the lower-order batters, should have come ahead of Verma. It was the veteran's calming influence that really got Verma going. Aware that there were plenty of overs left and anything above 150 could be a challenging total, the two focussed on rotating the strike. As they started using their feet, run-making looked easy as India kept passing targets in blocks of 10 runs. 

After Goswami was bowled going for the slog, Verma brought out her cheeky side, which included a six just over the mid-wicket fence. Baig, who saved at least 15 runs on the field, almost pulled the ball back into the field of play, narrowly failing to do so. She got second time lucky when she took a good catch running in in the same area to send Verma back in the 48th over. 

India scored 55 runs in the last 10 overs, and the effort stood out against how it had started the day. Once Baig, playing this game in place of Kainat Imtiaz, beat Mandhana for pace and trapped her in front in the fourth over, Poonam Raut and Deepti failed to find the gaps. India played a total of 52 dot balls in the first Power Play, crawling to 17 for 1. It included three consecutive maiden overs off Baig. 

Raut tried to accelerate in the second phase of play and that improved India’s run-rate, but Sana Mir, Pakistan’s captain, was always a step ahead with her field settings and bowling changes. She made a total of 15 bowling changes through the innings, bringing in seamers every time a wicket fell, and constantly creating pressure through the spin trio of herself, Sandhu and Saida Yousuf. 
  
With India unable to penetrate the in-field, it was a matter of time before something gave. Raut, after making a laborious 47, was caught and bowled by Sandhu while playing against the turn. Raj too played against the turn and was eventually ruled lbw after Mir reviewed the original decision. Two balls later, Deepti was caught behind and yet again give out on review, as Sandhu got the Pakistan section in the crowd excited. 

When Mir dived full length to her left at mid-wicket to catch Kaur in the 35th over to give Yousuf, another left-arm spinner, the first of her two wickets, it looked like Pakistan was set for its first-ever win over India in 10 ODIs.

    June 29, 2017 ,
    Mandhana, spinners outshine West Indies
    After India's spin attack overwhelmed the West Indies batsmen with flight and guile, Smriti Mandhana made short work of the 184-run chase with a 108-ball 106. Her innings negated the stutter caused by the two early wickets lost in response to the pressure West Indies' bowlers created with their fast, short-pitched bowling.

    Mandhana carried on from where she left off against England, bettering her 72-ball 90 with a second ODI century and a first in the World Cup. She hit 13 fours and two sixes, punishing anything short. With Mithali Raj, she steered the larger part of the chase, adding 108 runs for the third wicket, before Raj, four short of her eighth consecutive fifty, holed out to mid-off.

    Raj's decision to bowl first failed to find much validation from her two frontline medium-pacers, Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey. While Felicia Walters looked unruffled with Goswami's off-stump line, Hayley Matthews took the attack to both opening bowlers, hitting them for a combined six fours in 27 balls.

    On a moist pitch with a tinge of green, Raj turned to her spin spearhead Ekta Bisht, in the seventh over. The left-arm orthodox bowler struck with her first ball, forcing an edge off Walters with some flight outside off stump.

    This happened one ball after Harmanpreet Kaur - who already sported a heavily strapped right palm - went off the field having injured her hand while diving at mid-off. Despite having to make up for Harmanpreet's absence from the attack by bringing on Mona Meshram, who had last bowled in an ODI in 2013, India kept a tight leash on the scoring. Having taken 12.4 overs to add 40 for the second wicket with Stafanie Taylor, Matthews popped back a return catch to the offspinner Deepti Sharma.

    Taylor was run out seven balls later, and Deandra Dottin, the scorer of a 38-ball hundred in T20Is, crawled to 7 off 47 balls before holing out to long-on, to complete a wretched batting day for the two stars playing their 100th ODI.

    India, meanwhile, had Harmanpreet back on the field after being tended to by the physio, and she came on immediately. She snaffled Kyshona Knight in the 35th over to leave West Indies 91 for 6. Against the collective discipline of India's spinners, led by Bisht and the legspinner Poonam Yadav, West Indies' second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth-wicket partnerships together added only 62 in 169 balls.

    The reintroduction of pace, in the form of Goswami, in the 36th over, gave West Indies some release. A slew of fielding errors further released the pressure the spinners had piled on. Bisht dropped two straightforward chances, letting off Anisa Mohammed on 0 and Afy Fletcher on 12, and the two went on to add 37 unbroken runs for the ninth wicket. Fletcher's 36 not out and Shanel Daley's 33 eventually lifted West Indies to 183.

    Shamilia Connell began West Indies' defence by peppering Punam Raut with a flurry of short deliveries, and she gloved the fifth ball of the innings - a well-directed bouncer - to keeper Merissa Aguilleira, failing to connect cleanly with a hook. Then Deepti Sharma, kept to 6 off her first 22 balls, succumbed to the pressure of all the dots, bowled trying to slog Taylor's offspin in the eighth over.

    Mandhana and Raj, however, ensured there would be no more flutters in India's chase.

    Having motored into the nineties, Mandhana suffered a few nerves: an awkward lofted drive on 93 was followed by a poorly executed pull next ball which went in the air and straight to deep midwicket, only for Knight to put her down. A few words between overs from her batting partner Meshram appeared to calm Mandhana down, and she duly reached her hundred off her 105th ball, doing so in the same manner that had brought up her fifty against England: making room and lofting the ball over cover for four.

    June 29, 2017 ,
    महिला विश्व कप : भारत की वेस्टइंडीज पर आसान जीत, अब पाकिस्तान से होगा मुकाबला

    सलामी बल्लेबाज स्मृति मंदाना के नाबाद शतक (106 रन) और स्पिनरों की कसी हुई गेंदबाजी से भारत ने आईसीसी महिला विश्व कप के अपने दूसरे मैच में गुरुवार को यहां वेस्टइंडीज को 45 गेंद शेष रहते हुए सात विकेट से हराकर अपना विजय अभियान जारी रखा. इस जीत से भारत के दो मैचों में चार अंक हो गए हैं जबकि वेस्टइंडीज की यह लगातार दूसरी हार है. भारत अब अपना अगला मैच दो जुलाई को डर्बी में चिरप्रतिद्वंद्वी पाकिस्तान से खेलेगा.

    अपने पहले मैच में मेजबान इंग्लैंड को 35 रन से हराने वाली भारतीय टीम के सामने 184 रन का लक्ष्य था. चोट से उबरने के बाद वापसी करने वाली मंदाना ने अपनी शानदार फार्म बरकरार रखते हुए 108 गेंदों पर 13 चौके और दो छक्कों की मदद से नाबाद 106 रन बनाए. उन्होंने कप्तान मिताली राज (46) के साथ तीसरे विकेट के लिये 108 रन जोड़कर टीम को शुरुआती झटकों से उबारने के साथ उसकी बड़ी जीत भी सुनिश्चित की. भारत ने 42.3 ओवर में तीन विकेट पर 186 रन बनाए. 

    इससे पहले भारतीय स्पिनरों की कसी हुई गेंदबाजी के सामने वेस्टइंडीज की टीम पहले बल्लेबाजी का न्यौता मिलने पर निर्धारित 50 ओवरों में आठ विकेट पर 183 रन ही बना पाई. उसका स्कोर एक समय छह विकेट पर 91 रन था लेकिन नौवें नंबर की बल्लेबाज एफी फ्लैचर (नाबाद 36) और आठवें नंबर की शानेल डेली (33) की पारियों से वह सम्मानजनक स्कोर तक पहुंचने में सफल रही. इन दोनों के अलावा सलामी बल्लेबाज हेली मैथ्यूज ने 43 रन का योगदान दिया.

    भारत की जीत की नींव स्पिनरों ने रखी. लेग स्पिनर पूनम यादव ने दस ओवर में 19 रन देकर दो विकेट लिये. आफ स्पिनर दीप्ति शर्मा ने 27 रन देकर दो, हरमनप्रीत कौर ने 42 रन देकर दो और बाएं हाथ की स्पिनर एकता बिष्ट ने 23 रन देकर एक विकेट लिया.

    भारत की शुरुआत अच्छी नहीं रही. उसने पहले ओवर में ही पूनम राउत का विकेट गंवा दिया जिन्होंने शार्ट पिच गेंद पर हुक करने के प्रयास में विकेट के पीछे कैच थमाया. उस समय भारत का खाता भी नहीं खुला था. उनका स्थान लेने के लिये उतरी दीप्ति (6) भी क्रीज पर पर्याप्त समय बिताने के बावजूद स्टेफनी टेलर की आफ ब्रेक पर गच्चा खाकर बोल्ड हो गई.

    इंग्लैंड के खिलाफ पिछले मैच में 90 रन की जबर्दस्त पारी खेलने वाली मंदाना ने शुरू से ही गेंदबाजों पर हावी होने की रणनीति अपनाई. पारी के पांचवें ओवर में शमिलिया कोनेल पर मिडविकेट पर छक्का और फिर चौका जड़कर उन्होंने इसका सबूत दिया. इस 20 वर्षीय बल्लेबाज ने टेलर पर ही एक रन लेकर 57 गेंदों पर अपना पचासा पूरा किया और फिर चेडीन नेशन की गेंद पुल करके छह रन के लिए भेजी. 

    मिताली लगातार आठवें मैच में अर्धशतक बनाकर अपने रिकॉर्ड को आगे बढ़ाने से केवल चार रन से चूक गई. जब लग रहा था कि वह आसानी से इस मुकाम पर पहुंच जाएंगी ऑफ स्पिनर मैथ्यूज की गेंद पर उन्होंने मिडऑफ पर कैच थमा दिया. भारतीय कप्तान ने अपनी पारी के दौरान मंदाना की सहयोगी की ही भूमिका निभाई तथा 88 गेंदों का सामना करके तीन चौके लगाए. मंदाना ने हालांकि एक छोर संभाले रखा. उन्होंने टेलर की गेंद पर खूबसूरत ड्राइव से चौका जड़कर अपने करियर का दूसरा शतक पूरा किया और फिर मैथ्यूज पर विजयी चौका जड़कर अपने करियर का सर्वोच्च स्कोर भी बनाया. मोना मेशराम 18 रन बनाकर नाबाद रही.

    इससे पहले वेस्टइंडीज का स्कोर छह ओवर के बाद बिना किसी नुकसान के 29 रन था लेकिन स्पिनरों के गेंद संभालते ही उसकी पारी लड़खड़ा गई. मिताली ने एकता बिष्ट के रूप में पहली बार स्पिन आक्रमण लगाया और बायें हाथ की इस स्पिनर ने अपनी पहली गेंद ही पर ही सलामी बल्लेबाज फेलिसिया वाल्टर्स (नौ) को विकेटकीपर सुषमा वर्मा के हाथों कैच करा दिया.

    June 28, 2017 ,
    महिला विश्व कप: विजय अभियान जारी रखने के इरादे से उतरेगा भारत
    हाल के मुकाबलों के नतीजों को देखते हुए भारत निश्चित रूप से वेस्टइंडीज के खिलाफ प्रबल दावेदार के रूप में शुरुआत करेगा।

    इंग्लैंड के खिलाफ उलटफेर भरी जीत हासिल करने के बाद आत्मविश्वास से ओतप्रोत भारतीय टीम जब गुरुवार को यहां वेस्टइंडीज के खिलाफ आइसीसी महिला विश्व कप में मैच में मैदान पर उतरेगी तो उसका इरादा अपने विजय अभियान को जारी रखने का होगा। दिन के एक अन्य मैच में गत चैंपियन ऑस्ट्रेलिया का सामना श्रीलंका से होगा।
    भारतीय महिला टीम टूर्नामेंट में इससे बेहतरी शुरुआत की उम्मीद नहीं कर सकती थी, क्यों उसने अपने पहले ही मुकाबले में मेजबान इंग्लैंड को चौंकाते हुए 35 रन से जीत दर्ज की थी। दूसरी ओर, वेस्टइंडीज को अपने पहले मैच में ऑस्ट्रेलिया के हाथों आठ विकेट की हार का सामना करना पड़ा था।

    भारत ने इंग्लैंड के खिलाफ ऑलराउंड प्रदर्शन किया और वह खेल के सभी विभागों में बेहतर साबित हुई। भारतीय खिलाड़ियों ने पहले तो शानदार बल्लेबाजी करते हुए तीन विकेट पर 281 रन का विशाल स्कोर बनाया और फिर उसके गेंदबाजों ने मेजबान टीम को 47.3 ओवर में ही 246 रनों पर समेट दिया। इसमें क्षेत्ररक्षकों का भी काफी अहम योगदान रहा, जिन्होंने इंग्लैंड के चार खिलाडि़यों को रनआउट किया। 

    सलामी बल्लेबाज स्मृति मंदाना (90), पूनम राउत (86), कप्तान मिताली राज (71) और हरमनप्रीत कौर (नाबाद 24) सभी बल्ले से बेहतरीन प्रदर्शन करने में सफल रहीं, जिससे भारतीय टीम बड़ा स्कोर बना सकी। वहीं, गेंदबाजी में ऑफ स्पिनर दीप्ती शर्मा (3/47), तेज गेंदबाज शिखा पांडे (2/35) और लेग स्पिनर पूनम यादव (1/51) ने आपस में विकेट बांटकर इंग्लैंड को समेटने में अहम भूमिका निभाई। 

    जहां तक गुरुवार को होने वाले मैच की बात है तो भारतीय टीम खतरनाक कैरेबियाई टीम के खिलाफ अपने शानदार प्रदर्शन को दोहराने की कोशिश करेगी, जो टूर्नामेंट में अपनी पहली जीत दर्ज करने को बेकरार हैं। कप्तान मिताली पिछली लगातार सात पारियों में अर्धशतक जड़ने का विश्व रिकॉर्ड बना चुकी हैं और वह वेस्टइंडीज के खिलाफ भी इस लय को जारी रखना चाहेंगी। हालांकि, उनका पहला लक्ष्य भारतीय टीम को सेमीफाइनल तक ले जाना होगा।

    मंदाना ने चोट से उबरकर शानदार वापसी की है और इंग्लैंड के खिलाफ वह अच्छी लय में नजर आई। वनडे क्रिकेट के इतिहास में सबसे ज्यादा विकेट लेने वाली झूलन गोस्वामी को हालांकि इंग्लैंड के खिलाफ कोई विकेट नहीं मिला, लेकिन वह भारतीय गेंदबाजी आक्रमण की अगुआई करेंगी। जहां तक हालिया फॉर्म का संबंध है तो भारत ने अपनी पिछली चार वनडे सीरीज में शानदार जीत दर्ज की है। पहले तो टीम ने श्रीलंका और वेस्टइंडीज का उनके ही घरेलू मैदान पर सफाया किया। फिर विश्व कप क्वालीफायर के फाइनल और चतुष्कोणीय सीरीज में दक्षिण अफ्रीका को शिकस्त दी। हाल के मुकाबलों के नतीजों को देखते हुए भारत निश्चित रूप से वेस्टइंडीज के खिलाफ प्रबल दावेदार के रूप में शुरुआत करेगा।

    June 26, 2017 ,
    India vs West Indies: Kuldeep Yadav shows that wrist spin the new mantra for winning ODIs
    If India were looking for a game-changer in ODIs, they might have hit on a very potent one in left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav.
    The 22-year-old Uttar Pradesh bowler who found success in his maiden Test in Dharamsala with a four-wicket haul against Australia, was impressive in his first outing as a bowler in ODIs at the Queen’s Park Oval on Sunday.
    Technically, Kuldeep had made his debut in the first ODI on Friday. But that game was washed out after India, batting first, had their innings halted by rains. Thus, the second ODI at the same venue was the first time Kuldeep was bowling in an ODI for India.
    Bowling in ODIs is increasingly becoming a challenge. The new ball, one at each end, is not conducive to swing bowling. It is believed that the current batch of white balls have been tweaked to make things difficult for bowlers. The lack of early swing and later only marginal reverse swing has hampered bowlers’ options. The spinners too are not having things going their way, especially after the tweaking of field restrictions whereby only four fielders are allowed beyond the inner circle between overs 11 and 40.
    Thus batting sides are confident of chasing down huge scores. The only guarantee of defending scores of 300 plus seems to be by taking wickets.
    The inability to grab wickets saw India losing the Champions Trophy league encounter to Sri Lanka despite defending a target of 322. A couple of good partnerships were all that Lanka needed to pull off that remarkable win.
    On the other hand, Pakistan showed how wicket-taking could wreck a chase when their pacer Mohammad Amir grabbed the wickets of opener Rohit Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli in his opening overs. It completely derailed the chase.
    It is in this context that Kuldeep’s bowling against the West Indies must be viewed. The 89-run third wicket partnership between the impressive Shia Hope (81 in 88 balls) and the left-handed Evin Lewis (21) seemed to be hauling the team back on tracks after the loss of two early wickets.
    The partnership was threatening to get out of hand when Lewis misread Kuldeep’s top-spinner and paid the price. He stepped out to play a big shot with the spin. But the ball went straight for wicket-keeper MS Dhoni to complete a smart stumping.
    The wicket threw the West Indies chase out of gear. A little later he trapped the sweep-happy Hope in front to wreck it totally.
    The impressive thing about Kuldeep’s bowling is that he stays positive even when the batsmen go after his bowling. His brand of Chinaman, googly and top spin have an important role to play as his wrist spin and the revolutions he imparts on the ball enables it to bounce a bit more. Subtle variations can also get it to skid at an inopportune time.
    Hope, for example, was sweeping the spin bowlers with great confidence and purpose until he missed a Kuldeep delivery that actually went under the sweeping willow to trap him in front.
    Kuldeep also mixed his deliveries very well. Even if he went for runs, the important aspect of his bowling on the day was his picking up the three wickets in his quota of overs.
    Of course, a one-match performance may not be the yardstick to decide his utility to the team. But there is no getting away from the fact that the present format of ODIs call for at least one wicket-taking bowler in the mix.
    Kuldeep is young and hence has tremendous scope to hone his skills. The Chinaman he bowls is a rare variety of bowling in international cricket. What makes it more potent is his ability to make the ball go straight or the other way with little or no change in action or field placing. He has also exhibited admirable control in this difficult art.
    In the immediate future, Kuldeep will face a challenge from other wrist spinners like Yuzvendra Chahal, Amit Mishra and others for a spot in the Indian team. And this competition is wonderful in the run-up to the 2019 World Cup in England.
    For now, Kuldeep must be viewed as one of the most exciting spin bowling prospects on the scene. How he develops would be keenly watched.


    India skipper Mithali Raj set a new record by smashing seventh consecutive ODI half-century against England in an ICC Women's World Cup match at County Ground in Derby on Saturday.


    India's top three — Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut and Mithali Raj — all slammed half-centuries each as India posted a huge target of 281/3 in their tournament opener. [ads-post] This was Mithali's seventh consecutive half-century, bettering the likes of Lindsay Reeler (Australia), Ellyse Perry (Australia) and Charlotte Edwards (England), all of whom slammed six back-to-back fifties each in the past.


    But Mithali went one better than these stalwarts in her innings of 71 off 73 deliveries, which also included eight glorious boundaries.


    These are Mitali's scores in her last seven ODIs, including this match against England — 71 vs England, 62* vs South Africa, 54 vs South Africa, 51* vs South Africa, 73* vs Bangladesh, 64 vs South Africa and 70* vs Sri Lanka.


    Also, this is Mithali's 47 ODI fifty, which is also the highest in women's cricket history. Meanwhile, the India skipper is also just 148 runs away from becoming the first women's cricketer ever to slam 6000 ODI runs.
    ICC Women's World Cup 2017: Mithali Raj Shatters World Record
    Known for her flamboyant batting style, Indian women’s cricket team skipper Mithali Raj has scored heaps of runs in her international career. Mithali who was attending the opening dinner and media roundtable event came up with a perfect reply when a reporter asked about her favourite ‘male’ player.
    Raj said, “Do you ask the same question to a male cricketer? Do you ask them who their favourite female cricketer is?” she said to the journalist in question. “I have always been asked who’s your favourite cricketer but you should ask them who their favourite female cricketer is.” Surely, it was not her willow but her words that were spot on.
    Hailing BCCI’s effort to promote women’s cricket, the skipper appreciated the improvements made by the board in the last two home series.
    “There’s a lot of difference because we are not a regular on television. Now the BCCI has made an effort that the last two home series have been televised and social media has improved a lot of it but there is a still a lot of catch-up to do in terms of recognition,” she said.
    Talking about men’s cricket, Mithali said that it sets a certain bar where the women cricketers seek to reach.
    “Men’s cricket sets the bar. We are always trying to reach where they set the standard. All of us follow men’s cricket because we want at some point that women’s cricket would be up there,” she said. “All of us at some point have been coached by a male cricketer. I strongly believe that they get a lot of intensity into the training sessions. They are very hard taskmasters.”
    Mentioning about the role of coaches, Raj told that there should be someone who is tough task taskmaster so that the girls really put in the intensity in their training sessions.
    “I believe that if you are representing your country, your country should get the best of the best. It’s nothing to do with women coaches [who] don’t have the ability, they do. but if you really want to push the team to the highest level, you need to have somebody who is a tough taskmaster so that the girls really put in the intensity in their training sessions and they carry that into the main tournaments.”
    India begin the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 quest on June 24 against hosts England.

    At an age when most cricketers are just about finding their feet in the international arena, Smriti Mandhana has already established herself as an indispensable part of India's line-up.
    She's living a life less ordinary. Mandhana vindicated the immense faith the team had shown in the (then) 19-year-old by recording her maiden ODI hundred against Australia in early 2016. Her efforts went in vain with India failing to keep the three-match series alive, but the Maharashtra opener had earmarked herself as the one to watch. A superlative century in alien conditions, her backfoot play and, prior to that, the contributions in a historic T20I series win, did not go unnoticed.
    Without self-belief, you can't survive at international level: Smriti Mandhana
    "I know what my goal is - to play for India - and that keeps me going."
    Months later, when Mandhana signed up for the Brisbane Heat in the Women's Big Bash League, she acknowledged that her heroics Down Under would serve as a confidence boost. However, she also maintained that she wasn't one to rest on past laurels. "I just can't think that I have done well there. Every game for me is a new challenge. It does give you confidence, but I'll rather be like 'yeah, I have experienced success here but I want to better it'." she told Cricbuzz.
    A forgettable WBBL debut and a tournament-ending injury isn't exactly how Mandhana would have imagined her season would pan out. But then, Murphy's law decided to catch up. The ACL tear and the subsequent surgery meant she would spend the next six months on the sidelines, and face a very real race against time to recover for what would be her maiden World Cup.
    Rehabilitation took precedence over what would have otherwise been regular practice sessions, and some family time in Sangli. While comeback girl Punam Raut and teenage sensation Deepti Sharma racked up some serious runs to make use of the opportunity and cement their spots in the World Cup squad, Mandhana sweated it out at the NCA, even during weekends, to earn her place back. Once cleared to resume nets, every spare minute was poured into relentless practice to ensure she was match-fit by the time selection committee sat down to decide her fate.
    As luck would have it, the left-hander was named in the 15-member squad despite not having played any competitive cricket in the months leading up to the World Cup.
    "Everyone has certain goals for themselves, and you do go through such phases but you can't just forget your goals. If you are feeling down, your goal should keep you going. I know what my goal is - to play for India - and that keeps me going during the ups and downs," she pointed.
    Mandhana was all of nine when she casually signed up for trials she came across in a newspaper advertisement. Even before she could realise, she was a part of the Maharashtra under-15 side. At 11, she was fast-tracked to the state under-19 side and four years later, to the senior team, crisscrossing the country in unreserved train compartments for the love of game. A stunning 155 on debut against the Saurashtra side not only put her on the map in the domestic circuit but also assured the youngster that her academic sacrifices were worth it after all.
    "That knock gave me the confidence that yeah, I can do well at senior levels and there is a very good future for me in the game," Mandhana said, reflecting back.
    Luckily for her, and for India, lack of sufficient age-group competition did not deter her progress. In two years' time, having consistently hit the headlines, Mandhana was one of the debutants in the new-look national side for the home series against Bangladesh. Since then, there has been no looking back.
    The setback came early in the career, but fortunately again, the consequences were not drastic. Though the sub-par World T20 campaign in 2014 in Bangladesh did teach her that international cricket was all about survival of the fittest, unshakable confidence in her own abilities kept Mandhana going.
    "I think without self-belief you can't survive a lot of international cricket, at that level. To be able to achieve your dream - any dream, not just cricket - you need self-belief to go all the way and perform," said the southpaw who has the only domestic one-day double-century to her credit.
    Mandhana isn't a huge fan of revealing her goals, not until she's achieved them, but she lets you in on how she goes about setting her sights on bigger targets. "I definitely gauge my past performances. And for me, it is all about (trying) to better it. My aim is to keep improving and play better the next time I take field.
    "After the Bangladesh World Cup, I had set a certain goal for myself that I had to be a better player next season. A more consistent performer. And I can say, I think, that last season went according to the plan."
    There was a blip when another World T20 came around, this time at home, but Mandhana insisted that wouldn't overshadow what had been a run-filled year for her both in international as well as domestic cricket.
    Insignificant returns in two successive World T20s could test anybody's temperament but even at 20, she has shown enough maturity to handle the failures admirably well. Well enough for her to not get overwhelmed by this another chance she's been offered, in 2017's showpiece event.
    Mandhana showed no signs of rustiness on her return from injury. In the unofficial warm-up clash against West Indies, barely days after landing in England, she top-scored with an unbeaten 77 in India's 175-run chase. This was followed by a 56-ball 44 in the second of tournament warm-up against Sri Lanka. These two knocks have all but guaranteed her a spot in the playing XI. But the pressures of an international comeback - at cricket's greatest stage - will be a different ball-game altogether.
    Women’s World Cup: India beat England by 35 runs

    It is India’s first win over England in five years as they had all lost all six previous matches to the hosts.

    Women’s World Cup: India beat England by 35 runs

    India women’s cricket team launched their campaign at the ICC Women’s World Cup with a comfortable 35—run win over England, riding on superb batting display by the top—order, here today.
    Put into bat, Smriti Mandhana struck a sizzling 90 off 72 balls in a dominating batting display as India posted an imposing 281 for three after being asked to bat.
    Mandhana forged a 144—run opening wicket stand with Poonam Raut (86 off 134) before skipper Mithali Raj (71 not out) completed an unprecedented seventh consecutive half century in ODIs.
    India then returned to dismiss England for 246 with 15 balls to spare to make a resounding start to their World Cup campaign at the County Ground here.
    It is India’s first win over England in five years as they had all lost all six previous matches to the hosts.
    Chasing 282 to win, England failed to build partnership with middle—order batswoman Fran Wilson (81 off 102) emerging as the highest scorer. Her run out proved turning point of the game since England looked crusing when she was at the crease.
    Off—spinner Deepti Sharma took three wickets for 47 runs.
    Tammy Beaumont (14) and Sarah Taylor (22) gave England a decent start adding 33 in 8 overs but Shikha Pandey removed the openers and Deepti Sharma dismissed Natalie Sciver (18) as England slipped to 67 for 3 in the 18th over.
    Heather Knight (46) and Wilson took the team across the 100—mark. But Knight was back into the hut in the 32nd over after being run out by Harmanpreet Kaur.
    Three overs later, Danielle Wyatt was caught and bowled by Sharma as England lost half their side.
    Wilson then in company of Katherine Brunt (24) tried to keep them in the hunt as the duo added 62 runs but both of them were run outs to dash England’s hopes.
    Earlier, Indian openers Mandhana and Raut batted for 26.5 overs. While Raut was solid at the other end, Mandhana was out to attack from the word go.
    The southpaw’s onslaught began when she smashed Katherine Brunt for four consecutive boundaries in the fourth over.
    Mandhana was a last—minute inclusion to the squad after she recovered from an Anterior Crucial Ligament (ACL) injury she suffered during the Women’s Big Bash in January.
    The 20—year—old during her whirlwind effort showed what she was worth the selection.
    She can hit not only the fours at will but also the big hits. Mandhana mostly stayed on the back foot in her free flowing knock. Her first six came as she sat back on backfoot to hammer it over wide long—on.
    She was majorly responsible for giving India a flying start as the team reached 59 in 10 overs.
    However, things slowed down in the next 10 overs with India reaching 97 for no loss in 20 overs. If it was not for that period, India could have easily crossed the 300—run mark.
    Mandhana was dismissed in the 27th over, missing out on a well deserved century. Her innings comprised 11 fours and two sixes.
    Captain Raj then joined Raut in the middle and carried on with her rich vein of form to take India to a competitive total.
    Raj smashed eight fours in her 73—ball knock before getting out off the last ball of the innings.

    It is a question that I get asked a lot. The setting is usually family dinners, usually by uncles and aunties and other members of the genus oldfashionedica, species inquisitivica. Innocuous enough, right? Just table talk, between mouthfuls of home food that loosens jaws better than beer does. Nothing to write home about…

    ICC WWC 2017: Mithali Raj incident shows why women's cricket shouldn't be compared to men's game
    But when the same question was put to Mithali Raj, on the cusp of the biggest cricket tournament in the female game, it wasn’t innocuous, it represented something more insidious. So Raj put a question of her own across in reply.
    “Do you ask that same question to a male cricketer?”
    “Do you ask them who their favourite female cricketer is?”
    Raj’s retort has gained quite a bit of traction in the media. News channels have picked it up. Amitabh Bachchan has tweeted about it. Raj herself, speaking on the eve of her match against England, downplayed it and chose to focus on the cricket.
    “I didn’t intend to be arrogant, it was just something that came from the heart,” she said. “I felt it’s a stage for women cricketers, it’s our forum, so the questionnaire should be around women’s cricket and not men’s cricket.”
    I would love to say that this kind of question was a one off. A cursory Google search will show you that it isn’t. For a collection of the choicest questions, head over to the #CoverTheAthlete video that points out the blatant sexism in sports media in the west. Closer to home, I direct you to our very own Kapil Sharma Show.
    On the 100th episode of Kapil Sharma’s show, Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy were invited as guests. It didn’t take long for the conversation to turn to their marriages; their cricketing achievements were conveniently sidetracked. Dance moves, possible Bollywood husbands, and sledging made the conversation though.
    While Kapil isn’t exactly the gold standard of broadcasting, the fact that we have questions like the one Raj faced in 2017 underlines how far the perceptions surrounding women’s sport have to go. I could point you to a number of excellent articles on the topic: Andy Bull’s piece showing how hard women’s sport has had to fight, just to gain equal opportunity. Or Zenia D’Cunha’s article highlighting the bias we don’t even realise exists in media coverage. Personally I want to address something closer to my heart.
    Direct comparisons.

    One question I often asked in my career (thankfully, this one was actually about my career) was how fast I bowled. Between 105, 115 kmph I would say, and I would see the crestfallen look in most male eyes. A patronising ‘ah ok’ would usually follow. Most weren’t impressed, because they were comparing my speeds to the usual speeds found in male cricket.
    I had introduced myself as medium fast, but I could see them categorising me under genus dibblyspecies dobbly.
    ESPNCricinfo, the world’s leading cricket website, has Jhulan Goswami put down as a right arm medium bowler. Goswami regularly bowls in close to 120 kmph, and has even crossed that mark. That’s just a few clicks shy of Cathryn Fitzpatrick, considered the fastest ever. So how come we never call them fast bowlers, just medium pacers?
    It’s because we compare female cricket directly with the men.

    The same skewed view applies to scores. With 300 quickly becoming par — given a good batting wicket — in male cricket, scores of 200 and 250 in this World Cup will surely be looked down upon by some myopic viewers. But in truth, women’s cricket is steadily improving, with average run rates rising every year. In the 2013 World Cup, the average run rate crossed four an over for the first time in World Cup history, and this edition is likely to set the bar even higher. 2016 saw the highest average run rates in a calendar year ever (4.33).
    So women’s cricket is pushing the envelope of its own existence. It is on the upward curve, it is a better sport than ever before if you would bother to put it up on its own pedestal, not side by side with the men.
    In this world of short memory spans, we forget how in the 90’s, 250 was a winning score in male cricket. And then we neglect the head start — more like five body lengths start — that male sport has had over the centuries (if you aren’t convinced, read Bull’s article, if you haven’t already). Female cricket is evolving faster than male cricket in many ways: Women held the first ever World Cup in 1973, and they already have a Future Tours Program that provides context to bilateral ODIs, the ICC Women’s Championship.

    Female cricket will always aspire to get better, and in many ways, better is more like male cricket, but that doesn’t mean we can compare them without context. Tennis has gone some way in recognizing the differences, without degrading them. Would you flay Serena Williams for serving 25 kmph less than Roger Federer? No. And yet all Grand Slams now offer equal prize money.
    Perhaps hardcore feminists out there will not like my take on the issue. But for me, feminism in sport is more nuanced than absolute equality. We can have equality while acknowledging and celebrating differences. Different, yet equal. Athletes of each gender need to be appreciated separately for pushing the limits, even when those limits are not the same.
    So when Shabnim Ismail and Katherine Brunt, and our very own Goswami run up to bowl in this World Cup, I hope the media, broadcasters, commentators and even viewers will call them right arm fast, not right arm fast medium. And if Raj and Co. chase more than 245, which is the current record high for India, let’s stand up and acknowledge it, the way we did when Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif chased 325 in this country.
    It’s 2017, and we finally have a standalone female superhero movie. The World Cup showcases the superheroes of the female cricket. Let’s not blight our own eyes by comparing them to the men.

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    Satish Kumar

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