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Jhulan Goswami Picks Her 600th Career Wicket In India Women’s Win

Jhulan Goswami, India women’s veteran pacer achieved a personal milestone of 600 career wickets when she dismissed Australia’s captain Meg Lanning who was caught behind for a duck in the 3rd WODI between India and Australia women at McKay on Sunday.

Jhulan Goswami, 38, is the leading wicket-taker in the format and remains the only bowler in the women’s game to claim over 200 ODI wickets. Playing her 192nd game, Jhulan Goswami returned figures of 3-37 in her 10 overs, a couple of days after she had bowled a last-ball no-ball to hand Australia a controversial win in the 2nd ODI.

Jhulan Goswami File Photo
Jhulan Goswami File Photo

Jhulan Goswami Picks Her 600th Career Wicket In India Women’s Win

Jhulan Goswami now has acquired 240 ODI wickets at 21.59, while she has claimed 41 wickets in 11 Tests at 17.63 and has 56 T20I wickets in 68 matches, a tally of 337 international wickets. She has 264 wickets in the domestic circuit. She had retired from T20Is in 2018.

Jhulan Goswami claimed the prized scalp of Meg Lanning after sending back Rachael Haynes to hand India an early advantage in the 3rd ODI, but a late-order resistance from Beth Mooney, Ash Gardner, and Tahlia McGrath ensured that Australia posted a challenging 265/9.

Meg Lanning (Photo: Meg Lanning/Instagram)
Meg Lanning (Photo: Meg Lanning/Instagram)

Leading the series 2-0 and with a 26-match winning streak in the format, Australia’s Meg Lanning opted to bat first after a steady start by openers Alyssa Healy and a returning Rachael Haynes, who put on 41, but Australia lost both Rachael Haynes and Meg Lanning in the same over to Jhulan Goswami. Alyssa Healy was run out at the non-strikers’ end before Ellyse Perry was dismissed by Pooja Vastrakar for 26 off 47 balls.

Jhulan Goswami Picked 3 Scalps, Shafali Verma And Yastika Bhatia Scored The 50s

But Beth Mooney (52) and Ashleigh Gardner (67) put on 98 runs for the fifth wicket to help Australia recover before Tahlia McGrath powered her way to a 32-ball 47. India fought back well in the death overs to dent Australia’s charge and held them to 264/9, with Pooja Vastrakar and Jhulan Goswami claiming three wickets each while went to off-spinner Sneh Rana.

Indian Women's Cricket Team
Indian Women’s Cricket Team. Image Credits: Twitter

India women went on to win by 2 wickets with 3 balls remaining and end Australia women’s winning streak. Shafali Verma and Yastika Bhatia scored fifties. Jhulan Goswami, who set the game up with 3 for 37, sealed victory with the bat in the final over and was awarded Player Of the Match. Australia asked for more than something special from the opposition to lose an ODI at long last, India delivered it to end Australia’s 26 WODI match-winning streak.

To avert a third straight loss and a second morale-crushingly narrow defeat in under 36 hours, India women needed 24 – and character from their lower order – of the last four overs in their stiff chase of 275. Their previous highest successful ODI chase was 248, and their task was made more difficult by their efforts on the field, where they shelled four genuine chances as well as gave away misfields that cost them at least 15 runs.

Australian women had won their last two WODIs against Indian women by 9 wickets chasing 226 with 54 balls remaining and by 5 wickets in the last ball chasing 275. The action now moves to the day-night pink-ball Test starting from 30th September followed by 3 T20Is in early October.

India Women 266 for 8 (Batia 64, Verma 55, Sutherland 3-30) beat Australia Women 264 for 9 (Gardner 67, Mooney 52, Goswami 3-37, Vastrakar 3-46) by two wickets


Ramesh Powar Asserts Indian Women Are Looking Forward To Australian Tour

Ramesh Powar, India women head coach has emphatically stated World Cup preparation assumes top priority, and winning momentum from there will be the best possible preparation for the team’s maiden pink-ball Test in Australia. It’s not often that India head into a tour of Australia being better prepared than the hosts, whose last international assignment was against New Zealand in April.

In comparison, India first had a home series against South Africa in March followed by a two-month tour to the UK in the summer. The worsening Covid crisis in Australia has forced a major reshuffle of the venues for the Indian women’s team’s forthcoming tour Down Under.

Ramesh Powar. (TOI Photo)
Ramesh Powar. (TOI Photo)

Venue Of India Women’s One-Off Test Against Australia Women Shifted

The historic one-off pink-ball women’s Test between India and Australia, scheduled to begin from Sept 30, has been moved from the WACA in Perth to the Carrara Stadium (known commercially as the Metricon Stadium) in Gold Coast in Queensland.

According to reliable BCCI sources, the three-match ODI series between the two teams, which will kick off the tour from Sept 19, has now been moved from North Sydney Oval in Sydney to Mackay, a city in Queensland. The other two matches are supposed to be held on Sept 22 and 24.

India Women
India Women. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Gold Coast, and not North Sydney Oval as initially planned, will now also host the T20Is after staging India’s maiden, much-anticipated pink-ball Test on Oct 7, 9, and 11. An official announcement regarding the revised itinerary of the tour is expected soon.

Australia is currently badly affected by Covid-19. The number of cases is constantly going up, which means no matches can be organized in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth. All these cities are repeatedly going into lockdowns. This has forced Cricket Australia (CA) to move the ODI and T20I series out of Sydney to Mackay, and the pink ball Test from Perth to Gold Coast, which will also host the three T20Is now.

“However, this is also a tentative schedule, which CA has communicated to the BCCI. As per the altered schedule, the Indian team will fly tomorrow (Sunday) evening from Bangalore to Dubai in a chartered flight. From Dubai, the team will fly to Brisbane, where they will quarantine for two weeks before going to Mackay.”

“Everything is uncertain due to the concerning Covid situation in Australia. Let’s hope that the Covid situation doesn’t get worse in Australia, otherwise the tour itself may have to be called off even after the team reaches Australia,” reliable sources of BCCI said.

The Indian team underwent a camp in Bangalore in a bio-bubble. The five players who took part in ‘The Hundred’ in the UK will join the bubble on Sunday after a six-day quarantine. Ramesh Powar has said that despite the hype being built around the one-off pink-ball Test against Australia at the Gabba beginning September 30, the team’s main focus would be on the three-match ODI series keeping in mind the 2022 World Cup in March next year.

Ramesh Powar: India Women Prepared For Any Format And Happy To Tour Australia

Ramesh Powar also insisted while they’ve tried to prepare for the Test in the best possible way, taking markers and cues from their experience in England and situational awareness will be key to them competing well.

Ramesh Powar said that the 15-day conditioning camp at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru was an exercise in match simulations and team binding, adding that the focus was also on finding reserves capable of sharing pace bowler Jhulan Goswami’s burden.

“Looking at the current situation we are happy to go to Australia and keep playing cricket. After England, we had a one-month break and we back ourselves to do well, we have played enough in the Bangalore camp and are prepared for any format,” Ramesh Powar said.


Richa Ghosh , T20 World Cup Twitter
Richa Ghosh, T20 World Cup Twitter

“In the pre-departure presser on Saturday, coach Ramesh Powar, when asked about the possibility of the team’s schedule in Australia being altered due to border restrictions and Covid-19 lockdowns in Sydney and Melbourne, said, “We are looking forward to a tour which is challenging and we all are excited to go there and put in our best effort to make it a good tour.”

Meghna Singh, Yastika Bhatia, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, and Richa Ghosh have been included in the Test and ODI setups of the Indian Women’s team for the tour of Australia in September-October. Radha Yadav, Arundhati Reddy, Priya Punia, and Indrani Roy, who were part of the Indian Test and ODI squads in England but didn’t get a game, have been left out.

Ramesh Powar. (TOI Photo)
Ramesh Powar. (TOI Photo)

Mithali Raj And Jhulan Goswami Need Support If India Women Want To Do Well In 2022 WWC: Ramesh Powar

Ramesh Powar, India women’s cricket team coach feels veteran players Mithali Raj & Jhulan Goswami need support from the other players in the respective departments if India wants to do well in World Cup in 2022.

India women’s cricket team coach Ramesh Powar feels the side has come a “little ahead” compared to where they were in March during the South Africa series.

File Photo of Ramesh Powar(Twitter/ANI)
File Photo of Ramesh Powar(Twitter/ANI)

Ramesh Powar On Positives From The UK Tour:  Sneh Rana’s Comeback After 5 years And Doing Well Is Inspirational

Sophie Ecclestone picked three wickets before Danielle Wyatt smashed 89 off 56 balls to help England defeat India by eight wickets in the third and final T20I on Wednesday (local time). With this win, England secured a multi-format victory in the final match of the tour. Danielle Wyatt stitched a 112-run partnership with Natalie Sciver to chase down the total of 154 runs with ten balls to spare.

Sneh Rana took three wickets on the first day of her Test debut Getty Images
Sneh Rana took three wickets on the first day of her Test debut Getty Images

Ramesh Powar termed Sneh Rana’s comeback as inspirational and listed out the positives from the UK tour.

“Sneh Rana coming back after five years and putting on a show is inspirational. There are lot many positives, scoring 154 against the top side, we want to score high in T20Is and ODIs (score 250).”

“Fielding has improved, bowling has improved and if you compare to South Africa we have come little ahead and there is a lot of work to be done,” Powar said while replying to a query from ANI.

Sneh Rana scored an unbeaten 80 in the 2nd innings which saved India from the jaws 0f defeat in the one-off Test besides picking 4 wickets. She didn’t contribute much with the bat and ball in the limited-overs ODI and T20I series that followed but her return after 5 years was nothing short of an inspirational run.

Ramesh Powar: Mithali Raj And Jhulan Goswami Needs Support

However, the head coach Ramesh Powar was quick to add that veteran players Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami need support from the other players in the respective departments if India wants to do well in World Cup in 2022.

“We have to have match time, in the fast bowling department there is only Jhulan, there has to be some support to her, then middle overs batting after powerplay in ODIs, that’s where strike rotation and little bit conversion from dot balls to runs should be there after you get set,” said Ramesh Powar.

Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami © AFP
Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami © AFP

“In Test cricket, there are a lot of things to learn about, still we managed to draw that game. In T20Is we have to score 160 plus, to put some pressure. For World Cup in New Zealand we have to have good fast bowlers and the middle overs are where we are trying to get that conversion rate, Mithali is batting very well but she needs support, to get to 250,” he added.

Mithali Raj became the leading run-getter in women’s international cricket, going past Charlotte Edwards’ tally of 10,273 runs in WODIs achieving the feat against England. The two women are the only players to scale the 10,000-run mark in women’s international cricket. No other player has managed to breach the 6,000-run milestone in women’s ODIs apart from Mithali Raj who has aggregated 7304 runs in WODIs.

Jhulan Goswami has featured in 11 W Tests, 189 WODIs, and 68 WT20Is picking 41, 236, and 56 wickets in the 3 formats respectively. She is the highest wicket-taker in Women’s One Day International cricket. In February 2018, against South Africa, she became the first bowler to take 200 wickets in WODIs.

England won the T20I leg of the tour 2-1 and sealed a 10-6 series win as Danielle Wyatt and Natalie Sciver made the chase looked relatively easy. Earlier, a stunning knock from Smriti Mandhana helped India score 153 runs in the allotted 20 overs. India had got off to the worst start losing Shafali Verma and Harleen Deol in the powerplay.

Jhulan Goswami File Photo
Jhulan Goswami File Photo

India Women Players Are Trying Out Various Options To Be Better Prepared For World Cup, Says Jhulan Goswami

Jhulan Goswami said the Indian women’s cricket team would be trying out various options during the upcoming England series and beyond to check out what is the best possible combination that can be fielded going into next year’s WODI World Cup in New Zealand.

India’s senior middle-order batters like skipper Mithali Raj, Punam Raut, and Deepti Sharma were all guilty of wasting as many as 180 odd deliveries in the first ODI which England won by eight wickets chasing a modest target of 202. Mithali Raj top-scored with a 108-ball 72 but aside from Shafali Verma, who made a 14-ball 15, no India batter could score at a 90-plus strike rate.

Mithali Raj scored her 56th ODI fifty but struggled for rhythm Getty Images
Mithali Raj scored her 56th ODI fifty but struggled for rhythm Getty Images.

Jhulan Goswami: India Women Players Are Trying To Settle Combination And Create Options With An Eye To Upcoming WODI World Cup

Jhulan Goswami didn’t give a definitive answer on vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur’s batting position but indicated that a lot of options will be tried out before the World Cup in New Zealand next year.

“Well, we are trying to settle our combination. We are trying to create a few options. Now which options will click for us, we are (still) searching for that. Whatever things will happen (options we finalise), the management will take a call before the World Cup,” Goswami said on the eve of the second WODI against England.

“Before the World Cup, we are trying to settle down a few things. Hopefully, in the coming matches, the coming series, we will sort out all those things.”

File image of Jhulan Goswami | Andrew Couldridge/Reuters
File image of Jhulan Goswami | Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

According to Jhulan Goswami, young Shafali Verma shouldn’t be put under the immense pressure of expectation and the veteran pacer is confident that it’s just a matter of time before the middle-order batsmen will produce impact performances expected of them in the ongoing series against England.

“Well…It is just the first match for Shafali. Day before yesterday, she made her debut in ODI cricket. We are expecting so much from her because that is the impact she has had,” Goswami, world’s highest wicket-taker in women’s ODIs, wants everyone to cut some slack when it comes to analysing the performance of a teenager.

” We just need one good knock from one among the top 3. They will definitely score runs. Just these things happen in cricket,” Goswami said about the consumption of 180 dot balls.

“Every day is a new day, every day is a new learning experience. One good innings from the three. Harman(Kaur) needs one good knock, we know Harman can do it. One good knock is required from our middle-order,” the 38-year-old seamer said.

Harmanpreet Kaur managed only 1 off 7 deliveries. She failed in the preceding Test as well scoring 4 and 8.

Jhulan Goswami: Bowlers Need To Believe In Their Abilities And Comeback Strongly In Next Games

Jhulan Goswami also believes that as a bowling group, they need to believe in their abilities and come back strongly after England batswomen Tammy Beaumont and Natalie Sciver gave them a real pasting in the opening ODI with both batsmen scoring at a strike rate of 100. Jhulan Goswami and Ekta Bisht took a wicket apiece but the target wasn’t a substantial total that can be defended easily.

“Honestly speaking, we need to come back as a bowling group strongly. We have discussed a lot of things, hopefully we can sort it out and come back strongly. You have to believe in these bowlers, they are your best bowlers, they have the ability.”

Tammy Beaumont and Nat Sciver stitched an unbroken 119-run partnership PA Photos/Getty Images
Tammy Beaumont and Natalie Sciver stitched an unbroken 119-run partnership PA Photos/Getty Images

“Both of our medium-pacers Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, and we have another two pacers in the side, all are very good cricketers. Shikha is coming back from a break. Puja is playing after a long time. They are quality bowlers. They need a little bit of time, they will do well. They have won matches single-handedly for India. We just need to give them some time, they will come back strongly. I have a lot of confidence in them,” Jhulan signed off.

While Tammy Beaumont smashed 87 runs in 87 balls, Natalie Sciver hammered 74 runs in 74 runs as England women won the match in 34.5 overs. With the win, England took a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. The 2nd match of the series will be played on Wednesday.

England 202 for 2 (Beamont 87*, Sciver 74*) beat India 201 for 8 (Raj 72, Raut 32, Ecclestone 3-40, Shrubsole 2-33, Brunt 2-35) by eight wickets

File image of Jhulan Goswami | Andrew Couldridge/Reuters
File image of Jhulan Goswami | Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

India Need To Groom Pacers Other Than Veteran Jhulan Goswami, Says Mithali Raj

Mithali Raj, the Indian Women Cricket team’s skipper on Sunday said the time has come for the Indian women’s team to think beyond long-serving and over-worked veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami by grooming young pace bowlers for the future.

Mithali Raj blamed both the batting as well as the bowling units for India’s below-par show in the first ODI against England on Sunday, which the visitors lost by eight wickets to go down 0-1 in the three-match series.

Mithali Raj scored her 56th ODI fifty but struggled for rhythm Getty Images
Mithali Raj scored her 56th ODI fifty but struggled for rhythm Getty Images.

Mithali Raj: India Needs Top 5 Batswomen To Get Runs In Next Few Games Against Experienced England Bowlers

Sent in to bat, India played 181 dot balls to post a modest 201 for eight, which England chased down with 91 balls to spare. Mithali Raj top-scored with a 108-ball 72 but aside from Shafali Verma, who made a 14-ball 15, no India batter could score at a 90-plus strike rate.

England’s four-pronged seam attack did its part to keep a hold on the opposition’s scoring rate. The next-best score from the India batters came from No. 3 Punam Raut, whose 61-ball 32 did little to inject urgency in the innings.

“Yes, we need to look into that aspect and keep on rotating strike,” Raj said about the dot balls during the post-match virtual press conference.

“We need our top-5 batters to get runs. We also need to understand that England seamers are very experienced. They know how to bowl in their conditions.”

Punam Raut (Photo: PTI)
Punam Raut (Photo: PTI)

She said her side’s seam bowlers were not up to the mark.

“It puts pressure (on the opposition) if we can get early wickets. If we don’t get wickets from the seamers it puts pressure on the spinners. So we need to groom fast bowlers other than Jhulan. They should learn on how to understand conditions and bowl well accordingly,” she added.

Mithali Raj made a patient 72 off 108 balls to help India go past the 200-run mark after the early dismissals of openers Shafali Verma (15) and Smriti Mandhana (10).

Mithali Raj Opens Up On Decision To Bat Down The Order At No. 4 From Preferred No. 3 Position

But her knock was not enough as Indian batters failed to rotate the strike and find boundaries to accelerate the scoring rate.

“Our batting lineup needs to fire at some point. Over the years we are far more comfortable chasing than posting targets. We need to work on that, we need to know how to get 250,” she said.

“But we just can’t go bang bang and lose wickets. We need to know when to push the acceleration and how to get that.”

Mithali Raj said the team management also needs to back the players’ side by side, as she hinted that there might be a few changes in the composition of the playing eleven in the second ODI.

“It is important to back players especially who has done well in the past. Sometimes it is a gamble to play stroke players. But we need to back players to groom them keeping the World Cup in mind. Apart from the captain, coach, and support staff, the selectors also play a big part in that and we are in constant touch with them,” she said.

“We will definitely look into the composition, a little bit shuffle in the batting order to get over the line.”

Mithali Raj Twitter
Mithali Raj Twitter

The skipper said that since she is standing at the twilight of her career, it is her duty to groom her replacement batswoman and future stars of the team.

“…when it comes to finishers we clearly don’t have players for that slot who scored runs at the domestic level. We need to groom someone who shows potential in that area. I have got most of my runs in No. 3 slot but it is important to get batters in that slot. We need to have batters who can score runs. I am not going to play for long so it is my duty to groom players,” Mithali said about her decision to drop down the order at No. 4 from her preferred No. 3 slot.

While Tammy Beaumont smashed 87 runs in 87 balls, Natalie Sciver hammered 74 runs in 74 runs as England women won the match in 34.5 overs. With the win, England took a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. The 2nd match of the series will be played on Wednesday.

Shikha Pandey Image Source : GETTY IMAGES
Shikha Pandey Image Source : GETTY IMAGES

Shikha Pandey Emphasized Need For Women Players To Work On Mental Health In Quarantine

Shikha Pandey, India Women’s fast-medium bowling all-rounder emphasized the need for players to work on their mental health especially while in hard quarantine and bio-bubbles on overseas tours like the one in England.

The Indian Women’s Cricket Team, along with their male counterparts have arrived in England and are now in quarantine before the start of the long tour.

India Women
India Women. Getty Images.

Shikha Pandey: It’s Difficult To Quarantine For 14 Days

Veteran fast-medium bowling all-rounder, Shikha Pandey spoke about the challenges of staying in isolation just before the beginning of an important series. She stressed the need for the players to focus on their mental health during these challenging times.

The Indian Women’s team kick off their England tour with a one-off Test starting at Bristol from the 16th of June. They then play three ODIs and as many T20Is with the tour finally ending on the 14th of July. Shikha Pandey has represented India in two Tests, 52 ODIs and 50 T20Is. She has good returns from limited-overs cricket with 73 wickets at an average of 21.06 in ODIs and an excellent economy rate of 6.39 in T20Is.

Shikha Pandey
Shikha Pandey (Image: DNA India)

In an interview with Sportskeeda, Shikha Pandey spoke about the struggles and challenges of being in quarantine just before the start of a big series.

“The way things are and the situation is prevailing outside of India, I would say it’s difficult to quarantine for 14 days, but then this is how life is going to go ahead going forward. It’s not ideal for us athletes to be isolation before heading into big series,” quoted Pandey.

Shikha Pandey re-emphasized how important it was for athletes like her to train and be in constant touch with one another in the team which a hard quarantine does not allow.

“As professionals, we are used to being on the field, active, day in and day out. So, it is really very difficult to get going in isolation with respect to mental and physical well-being”

She added that it was a big challenge for players to stay in isolation and that it had an adverse effect on their mental well-being.

Shikha Pandey Stresses On Mental Aspect Which Is Equally Important As The Physical Aspect

Shikha Pandey further stated that the players had to work as hard on their mental and emotional health as their physical training.

“Mental aspect is equally important as the physical aspect, it is very crucial more so with the quarantine, the bio bubble fatigue, and this pandemic, otherwise it becomes difficult to free your mind. I consider myself very privileged as I get to do what I love, whereas there are so many others who are even finding it difficult to survive and even eat one meal in a day peacefully,” said Shikha Pandey.​

Mithali Raj played 89 T20Is for the India women's cricket team. Twitter
Mithali Raj played 89 T20Is for the India women’s cricket team. Credit: Twitter.

India men’s team’s captain Virat Kohli, women’s team captain Mithali Raj, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Jhulan Goswami were among the few who were captured before the players left for England. The men’s team will play six Test matches in England, including the World Test Championship final against New Zealand. On the other hand, the women’s team will feature in a one-off Test, three One-Day Internationals, and three Twenty20 Internationals.

BCCI (File Photo| PTI)
BCCI (File Photo| PTI)

BCCI Official Rubbishes Report That 4 Women Players Who Lost Contract Won’t Be Paid For 8 Months Of Employment

BCCI issued the list of centrally contracted women cricketers for the 2020-2021 season on May 19. While the likes of Richa Ghosh (new entrant) and Shafali Verma (promoted from Grade C to B) were rewarded for good performances, Veda Krishnamurthy, Ekta Bisht, Anuja Patil, and D. Hemlatha missed out. Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, and Poonam Yadav were in the top bracket.

Veterans Mithali Raj — who captains the Test and ODI teams — and pacer Jhulan Goswami were among 10 players to get Grade B contracts. A report has come in The Telegraph (UK) that the four cricketers who failed to make the cut in the latest contracts will not be paid for almost eight months of employment.

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Veda Krishnamurthy, who has been helping others through her social media by amplifying their requests for aid, has represented India in 48 ODIs and 76 T20s. Courtesy: Twitter

BCCI Official Claims The 4 Women Players Who Lost Contract Won’t Be Paid For 8 Months Of Employment Was False

The BCCI is not too pleased with the ‘assumptions’ made while reporting on the fate of the four players who failed to get contracts in the new list for the 2020-2021 season. Speaking to ANI, a senior BCCI official said the claim that four women players who lost their central contract would not be paid for almost eight months of employment was absolutely false.

“This is absolutely false. Every player is paid in accordance with the terms of the contract with the BCCI. The payments have been made for the contracted period. The claim made in the story essentially assumes that a contract existed for almost eight months for which they would not be paid.

“This is incorrect, and I can only conclude that this is on the back of incorrect advice. If a contract ended in September 2020 and the payments have been made in relation to that contract, it is wrong to imply otherwise,” the official explained.

The report comes close on the heels of a report on the women players still not getting their prize money from the 2020 T20 World Cup runners-up performance. The BCCI official says while the board has tightened the system further, issues raised by players are swiftly answered by the finance department.

“No organization is without its share of errors and with every error that slips through our system, our endeavor is to tighten the system further, which we have done even now. The finance department swiftly addresses all issues that are raised by players and there is no query or call for assistance by any player that goes unanswered.

Shafali Verma has been promoted from Grade C to Grade B in BCCI annual contracts (AFP Photo)
Shafali Verma has been promoted from Grade C to Grade B in BCCI annual contracts (AFP Photo)

“I can understand the agony of losing out on a contract as well and I understand the place from where this is emanating since these are difficult times for everyone and we at the BCCI office have also not remained untouched with personal grief, tragedies and difficulties,” the official said.

A total of 22 players were handed annual contracts by the BCCI last year. However, the list has been downsized to 19 players for 2020-21. The annual contracts for Indian women have been classified into three categories with the players in the top bracket earning Rs 50 lakh – Grade A – Rs 50 lakh, Grade B – Rs 30 lakh, Grade C – Rs 10 lakh.

Teenage sensation Shafali Verma, who earned her maiden annual contract last year, has been promoted to Grade B from C. Punam Raut and Rajeshwari Gayakwad have also been promoted to Grade B. Indian women have started arriving in Mumbai for their 2-week long quarantine period in the lead-up to the England tour. India will play a Test, 3 ODIs, and as many T20Is in England in June-July.

BCCI Official: Women Players Know They Will Get The Money And There Isn’t Any Negativity Around

On being asked whether such criticism is warranted and whether it hurts even though the BCCI is looking to take women’s cricket to the next level and recently announced the maiden day-night Test for Mithali Raj’s team against Australia, the official said there is no negativity that is felt here.

“Look, any information that helps us course-correct is welcome. If not a story, a player would have sent us a reminder. Our players know that there is no ill-intent behind any oversight and they know that we will get the money.

“This vertical came under the purview of a General Manager who no longer works with us and maybe he took things lightly in his last few months with us, but from the point of view of the organisation, this should not have occurred in any case.”

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma. Twitter

“It’s just that after a few years on the job, one tends to see through the noise and identifies where the particular memo is coming from, that’s all. So there is absolutely no negativity that’s felt here. They are just doing their job and at times emotions run high, especially when there are personal setbacks or issues. It’s all part of the territory,” he signed off.

Notably, the BCCI had announced annual contracts for India men’s team players in April. Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah were in the top bracket worth Rs 7 crore.


India Women’s Team To Play 1st Ever Pink Ball Day-Night Test Against Australia In 2021: Jay Shah

Jay Shah, the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Secretary, announced that the women’s team will be playing their first-ever day-night Test later this year. India Women will be playing the pink-ball Test against Australia later this year.

India and England Women will also be playing a Test match in June this year. This would be the first Test for the women’s team in the last seven years.

Jay Shah ©PTI
Jay Shah ©PTI

Jay Shah Announced BCCI Women Will Play Their First Ever Pink Ball Day-Night Test Later In 2021 Against And In Australia

India women last played a Test match in November 2014, against South Africa.  In April 2021, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed the fixtures for the tour, including the one-off Test match, and three Women’s One Day International (WODI) and three Women’s Twenty20 International (WT20I) matches. BCCI secretary Jay Shah announced that the women’s team will play its first-ever pink-ball Test in Australia later this year.

“Taking forward our commitment towards women’s cricket, I am extremely pleased to announce that Team India @BCCIwomen will play in their first-ever pink ball day-night Test later this year in Australia,” tweeted Jay Shah.

Jay Shah is an Indian businessman and cricket administrator. Jay Shah is the son of Amit Shah, Home Minister of India. Jay Shah became the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary in 2019. Jay Shah is also the president of the Asian Cricket Council.

For the England tour, as expected 17-year-old opener Shafali Verma broke into the ODI and Test squads. Senior pacer Shikha Pandey, who was dropped from the home series against South Africa Women in March this year, has been called back for the all-important tour ahead of the 50-over World Cup in February next year.

 India Women opener Shafali Verma (Reuters Image)
India Women opener Shafali Verma (Reuters Image)

Mithali Raj will be captaining the ODI and Test sides, while the responsibility of leading India Women in the shortest format will be on Harmanpreet Kaur. Taniya Bhatia and Indrani Roy have been named as the two wicketkeeper-batters for the tour.

Overall, this will be the second Day-Night Test in the history of women’s cricket. The first one was played between England and Australia in Sydney in 2017.

The Test match will be the Mithali Raj-led side’s first in Australia since the Adelaide Test in 2006. Australia and India have played 9 Tests, with Australia winning 4 of them and the other five being drawn. Also, India Women will play 2 Test matches in a single year for the first time after 2014.

BCCI Announced Annual Player Contracts For India’s Senior Women

The BCCI on Wednesday had announced the annual player contracts for Team India (Senior Women) for the period from October 2020 to September 2021. Teen sensation Shafali Verma has now been elevated from Grade C to Grade B. The youngster has taken the women’s game by storm and as a result, she has been rewarded by the board.

Punam Raut and Rajeshwari Gayakwad have also been elevated from Grade C to Grade B. Women’s T20I skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, and Poonam Yadav are the three names that have been placed in category A and they will be getting Rs 50 lakhs for this period.

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India women last played a Test match in 2014. Image-DNA

Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Deepti Sharma, Punam Raut, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Shafali Verma, Radha Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Taniya Bhatia, and Jemimah Rodrigues have been placed in category B and they all will be receiving INR 30 lakhs for this period.

In Grade C, Mansi Joshi, Arundhati Reddy, Pooja Vastrakar, Harleen Deol, Priya Punia, and Richa Ghosh have been placed and they will be getting INR 10 lakhs for this period. India women’s team will next be seen in action against England as both teams will lock horns in a one-off Test, three T20Is, and three ODIs.

The Indian women’s cricket team has reached England to play a one-off Test against England. The BCCI had arranged for charter flights for men’s as well as women’s players for their departure to England. On Monday, Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur took to social media to laud BCCI’s effort to arrange charter flights for the women’s team.

Rahul Dravid, CoA
Rahul Dravid (Image Credit: Google)

Jhulan Goswami Praise BCCI For Rahul Dravid’s Presence At NCA

Jhulan Goswami, Indian women’s star pacer has lauded the BCCI’s decision of appointing Rahul Dravid at the helm of affairs at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

She made this observation while talking about the valuable time she spent while undergoing rehabilitation at the Bangalore-based facility, during an interaction on Sports Today.

Jhulan Goswami
Jhulan Goswami. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Jhulan Goswami: Rahul Dravid Is There To Give Ideas As He Will Motivate One Whenever Any Help Is Required

Jhulan Goswami was asked for her views if the presence of Rahul Dravid made a difference to the NCA. She responded by saying that the former Indian captain is always around to help anybody whenever anything is required.

“Honestly speaking, as a cricketer, to have Rahul Dravid at the NCA, morning, evening, whenever you want any kind of small help, you just go to Rahul Dravid and just ask him.”

She elaborated that apart from imparting technical knowledge by valuable advice, Rahul Dravid also plays the role of an excellent motivator, which is the most important requirement of a player recovering from an injury.

“He is there before you arrive on the ground. He gives you ideas about how to handle situations. If you ask some technical issues as a batter, he is there. If you are not in a good frame of mind, because when you are doing rehab you have a lot of negative thoughts in your mind as you don’t know how you will come back, when you have Rahul Dravid over there, you can just talk to him, and he will give you lots of ideas, and he will motivate you. It is important as a professional athlete to have somebody who can motivate you, push you,” added Jhulan Goswami.

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid. Image Credit: Getty Images

“Rahul Dravid does not say no to even one person,” said Jhulan Goswami.

Jhulan Goswami has played 10 Tests, 182 ODIs and 68 T20Is as a right-arm medium pacer. She played the last Test in 2015, last T20I in 2018 and last ODI in 2019 after debuting in 2002.

Jhulan Goswami Praised Rahul Dravid For His Efforts At NCA

Jhulan Goswami warmly lauded the BCCI for the excellent facilities provided at the NCA besides giving examples of the motivational talk she received from Rahul Dravid during her stint at the academy.

“And that infrastructure BCCI has created at the NCA is one of the best. We have quality physios like Ashish Kaushik and his team. And we are having coffee with Rahul Dravid in the morning. And he will suddenly ask if I am okay and tell me not to worry about my injury and just do my things and that I will be fine. He said – ‘I know still you are the best bowler.'”

Jhulan Goswami observed that former batting legend Rahul Dravid is the perfect person to head the NCA, highlighting the progress made by the India under-19, India A and women’s teams in his presence.

She concluded by saying that she had a wonderful experience during her time at the Bengaluru-based academy.

“As a cricketer, I think the best thing BCCI did is to put Rahul Dravid as the NCA head. And NCA is performing incredibly. If you see under-19, India A, women’s team, all women’s program, he is putting all efforts to develop Indian cricket. As a cricketer, I don’t know what they are thinking outside, but they are not in the system. But I am there.

“I know cricketers are talking to him, discussing cricket and he has never said ‘no’, not even to one person. I feel (that) BCCI has put the right person at the right place. That is my observation because I enjoyed there the most,” concluded Jhulan Goswami.

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma. Image Credit: Getty Images.

The NCA though is not among right news, especially regarding the injury management of players like pacers Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and keeper Wriddhiman Saha. However, a lot of players who have spent time at NCA have praised the facility and help they received from former batting stalwart Rahul Dravid during their stay there.

Jhulan Goswami
Jhulan Goswami. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Women Need Proper Infrastructure To Play With A Free Mind: Jhulan Goswami

In the cricket-obsessed nation like India, women have to still overcome several hurdles prevailing in society to get ball and bat in their hands. But the Kolkata-born Jhulan Goswami didn’t bow down to any obstacle that came in her way. She followed her passion for cricket and is currently, the most experienced player in India’s women team.

However, women’s cricket has become popular in India if compared to the past but Goswami believes that there is still a lot to be done. The veteran pacer has opined that the society needs to educated to encourage the females to play a sport.

Jhulan Goswami.
Jhulan Goswami. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Women Need Proper Infrastructure To Play With A Free Mind: Jhulan Goswami

“Women find it more difficult to step on the playing ground. There are very few parents who encourage their girl child to play a sport. Mostly, women have to fight with their family and society to enter sports,”

According to Jhulan Goswami, the women need to be provided proper infrastructure, including changing rooms to play with a free mind. She added that people shouldn’t differentiate between men and women when it comes to playing

“They also need proper infrastructure to play with a free mind. Proper changing rooms are important. Most importantly, people need to be educated rather than just being literate. They shouldn’t differentiate between men and women when it comes to playing but should respect that a woman’s body functions differently,” she said while talking TOI. 

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Jhulan Goswami. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Meanwhile, Jhulan Goswami will play her first match since November last year in the upcoming Women’s T20 Challenge. The tournament is scheduled with men’s IPL playoff in early November. After playing the Women’s T20 Challenge, the team India is expected to play bilateral series against England but so far fixtures have not been confirmed.

Earlier, Goswami has shown her disappointment with the postponement of the Women’s World Cup 2021 to 2022 because of coronavirus.

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