In the one off Test match between India and South Africa, Indian team thrashed the South African team by an innings and 34 runs. India won the toss and elected to bat. The Indians scored 400 with Kamini scoring 192 and PG Raut 130 runs. The South Africans were bowled out twice for 234 and 132 runs respectively. The main wicket taker for India was Harmanpreet Kaur taking 5 wickets in first Innings and 4 wickets in second Innings. The others to contribute in this game were Gayakwad taking 4 wickets in frist Innings and in the second innings Gowsami took 2 wickets, Poonam Yadav , Gayakwad and Pandey taking 1 wicket each
Earlier this year, in the only Test match against England in August 2014, Indians surprised by beating them at their home turf. England batted first and was bowled out for 92. N Nirajana was picked up 4 wickets. India was bowled for 114 in their first innings. The England team scored 202 runs with Gowsami picking 4 wickets. India was given a target of 181 which they chased with 6 wickets in hand. Mithali Raj was the top scorer with 50 runs. This was an historic effort from the Indian team who were not favorites to win the match.
In the women’s 50-over World Cup history their best performance came in the 2005 World Cup in South Africa where they finished second after losing to Australia in the finals. The Australian team is the champions of World Cup winning this tournament 5 times so far. The other winners of the world cup were New Zealand in 2000 and England in 1993
In the World Cup T-20 tournaments India had reached the semi-finals in 2009 and 2012. India has been the champions of Asia Cup 4 times. India has been the champion of the 2012 Women’s Twenty Asia Cup They beat Pakistan in the finals.
This shows that Indian women’s team is full of talents and potentials. Unfortunately the talent does not get recognition by the BCCI. The payments, infrastructure and training support is now where near what men get. This appears to be a clear gender bias. The BCCI must follow the footsteps of Australia, New Zealand and England who have been supporting women’s cricket as much as men and therefore their teams are doing a great job in World Cricket. The Indian women’s team has top players like Mithali Raj and Jhulan Gowsami.
In one day internationals, India’s Mithali Raj is the top ranked batswomen in the World. In the bowling ranking Jhulan Gowsami is third. In every format of cricket some Indian women players are right up there with the best. Despite performing well in the tournaments they are not getting the due respect as the men are getting. The Indian women’s team needs great support from the Board of Cricket Control of India to get laurels to the country.