The India women’s team is an integral part of the country’s cricket system and has some of the best talent. Batting or bowling, every department has its own superstar. Despite having a mighty bench strength, the Indian eves had to work hard to win the game this year.
2021 has been one of the most disappointing seasons for the Women in Blue. The Indian team played 3 bilateral series in a span of 7 months, all of them ended in a disappointing one. It would not be fair to blame the players only for the poor performance. Circumstances around the world have taken a toll on women’s cricket, reducing every player’s playing time. As a result, the lack of experience has impacted the area which directly affects the results.
let’s start from the beginning. In the month of March, India hosted South Africa in a bilateral series; A tournament to welcome women’s cricket to the country after the first wave of Covid-19. The players had returned to the field after a long gap and from here the journey on the rocky roads started. We lost the 5-match ODI series 1-4 and 2-1 in T20Is.
As people 2. normal afterRa Lehar, India toured England and Australia with a mix of youth and experience and a new coach. But once again, there were no signs of improvement.
The Indian women’s team lost 2–1 to England in the ODIs and lost the T20I series with the same score. The tour of Australia was no different. The result in ODI was the same as the previous one but slightly different in the shortest format; We lost 2-0.
A look at Team India’s form in all three series in 2021:
Changing coach did not work immediately
After a disappointing series against South Africa at home, then head coach WB Raman had come under the scanner. As his term was nearing completion, the BCCI needed a fresh face. On May 13, the Board’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) confirmed the appointment of Ramesh Powar. It was a surprise move as Raman took over from Powar in 2018.
Another surprising element was the reunion of Mithali Raj and Powar; A saga that hit the headlines when her previous stint with the women’s team came to an end. After three years down the line, the two were ready for a fresh start and said both had moved on.
But the change of coach did not work as India badly lost all white-ball series overseas. However, they managed to draw both the Tests they played this year.
middle order needs to move on
Barring a few names, most of the Indian batsmen have struggled this year. The unit looked highly unstable, especially the middle order which failed to keep the pressure in almost all the matches played this year. If the openers are all guns blazing, the team looks fine. But if one of the top two leaves early, the entire line-up falls apart.
Positivity in Test Format
In the midst of this gloomy period, something positive was also seen. Some notable factors that require constant support. For example young opener Shafali Verma. He made his Test debut in the same year and the number of innings he played against England. One fifty-plus score in his first Test against Australia and another in the next. 3 half-centuries in 4 Test innings – this is how Shafali started her Test career.
Another player who is in excellent form is Smriti Mandhana. She is scoring in all formats and that too in a good way. The left-handed batsman has been one of the finest strikers of the cricket ball in the limited overs format and is equally reliable when it comes to Test cricket. He recently scored a century in the one-off Test against Australia in Queensland. He also scored a half-century against England in the second innings.
Mithali – Consistency Personal
She has been a batting talent when it comes to ODI cricket. Most of the runs are already done and the count is still going on. The year 2021 witnessed Mithali’s continuity in this format. He batted in 10 innings this year and scored 503 runs, including 6 fifty-plus scores. Interestingly, she got out on single digit score only once. Though she could not score runs in two Tests, her skills in One Day Internationals are matchless.
Harmanpreet’s soft captaincy
Monga Batsman is a dynamic talent but she is going through the toughest phase of her career. Neither she is scoring runs in her normal style nor is the team performing well under her captaincy in the shortest format. Winning 2 out of 8 matches is pretty dangerous. Something better was expected with Powar joining the board. But it seems that coaches and think tanks will have to create a roadmap for a better future.
bowlers are on the rise
Jhulan Goswami and Rajeshwari Gaekwad – these are the two names that garnered the most attention this year. The former ruled the charts for the highest wicket-takers in 2021. He took 15 wickets in 10 ODIs and 4 wickets in two Test matches. The Gaikwads, on the other hand, were equally impressed. 8 wickets in 5 ODIs and 9 out of 6 T20Is against South Africa – what more do you need to stamp your authority with the ball?
Some youngsters also made their debuts for India in three tours. The likes of Yastika Bhatia, Sneh Rana, Richa Ghosh and Meghna Singh received their first caps and showcased their talent.