5 reasons why Indian Women’s Cricket team deserves equal respect, if not more.
It was the day when the much-hyped and worshipped Indian Men’s Cricket team faced a humiliating defeat in their very first match of the ICC T20 World Cup, by the hands of the Black-Caps. It was also the day when the Indian Women’s Cricket team won their first match, defeating Bangladesh by a comprehensive margin of 76 runs.
As expected, the next morning you could find people talking about how INDIA lost to New Zealand. As always, there were some broken hearts, some expert comments, and loads of suggestions and feedbacks on how the men should have played. No one talked about the women event. Either they didn’t know, or they didn’t care. How, when, and why has the Indian cricket team went on to mean just that of the men? Is the women’s cricket team not Indian? Do they not play for the country and its pride?
We think the Indian Women’s Cricket team deserves equal exposure and respect, if not more. Why, you ask? Read on:
1. Challenges they faced
Understandably, it couldn’t have been easier for any of the girls, when they would have expressed their interest for the sport to their families. Almost every member of the Women’s Cricket team would have a story to tell, if one were to ask them about their earlier years and the challenges & hardships they might have had to endure. They faced them all, and are today the proud members of the Indian Cricket team. Well deserved, don’t you think?
2. They work equally hard
Any competitive sport can’t be easy; especially for a popular sport and a national craze like Cricket, on which almost every single person considers himself to be an expert. It requires lots of hard work, dedication, and countless hours of net sessions, to be able to compete at the international level. Women are no exceptions, of course.
3. Women Cricket team is doing great
There was a time when, like men, the women cricket was also dominated by teams from Australia, England, and New Zealand. Today, worldwide, Indian Women Cricket team is looked at with respect. And they have tolled hard to earn that respect. They’ve bravely faced those tough teams, lost some, won some; but they’ve always fought well and played with the true spirit of the game. Their recent feats include a T20 series win in Australia, followed by whitewashing Sri Lanka in both ODI and T20 formats.
4. They’re discriminated against, still
To say that nothing has changed for the players, would be wrong. Times have certainly changed; but a lot has remained the same. The Women Cricket team still has to face discrimination and prejudices, whether it’s the number of spectators who go to the stadiums to watch the sport, or the advertisers and sponsors. It’s disheartening to know that the broadcasters have failed to rope ineven a single sponsor for the Women’s team in one of the biggest event, the ICC T20 World Cup. They finally had to give the slot almost pro bono, as a package deal along with the men’s event.
5. The Captain
Mithali Raj, the humble brave-heart Tamilian from Rajasthan, is one of the prime reasons why Women’s Cricket in India has started to get attention and recognition. The first Indian and only the second in the world to score 5000 runs in ODI, Mithali is a force to reckon with, and in her able leadership, this team can only go one way, up.