'After some years, people will ask whether men play cricket'

Taylor Byrd
July 28, 2017

The development means that England women pacer Anya Shrubsole's match-winning haul of 6-46 in the ICC Women's World Cup final against India on July 23 will feature when the new boards are installed.

"I always listen to myself, team and the staff, not critics", was her answer.

Along with Raj, Punam Raut, the second highest run-scorer for India in the tournament, and Harmanpreet Kaur - who guided India to a berth in the semi-final and final, were also present for the felicitation. "I wanted to make the moment memorable and inspirational for them", he added.

So far as support to women's cricket in Lucknow is concerned, it is quite poor as women cricketers do not have dedicated training facilities even though the UP sports directorate has four stadiums, including two mini-stadiums. "Please be aware, people will watch more and more, women's cricket". The current women's team squad has as many as 10 girls from the Railways including the captain Mithali Raj and Kaur.

Women will feature at the honours board of The Lord's after the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) approved the decision to introduce an ODI honours boards for both men's and women's cricketers. "It was a mistake on our part. We are used to celebrating achievements by the men but our women have shown they can play better cricket than men", Prabhu said. Whether one looks at Mandhana becoming the youngest Indian to score a century (in the match against West Indies), or Raut almost taking the Indians home in the final with a valiant 85, they very much have established themselves in the core team.

The whole country was startled watching Indian women bagging some robust runs and taking back to back wickets in the World Cup finals against England.

Terming Mithila an 'incredible ambassador, ' said the 30-year-old.

"Girls also need professional training and atmosphere to grow as there is no dearth of talent. Now the recognition and support from Railways will indeed motivate other women cricketers", she added. "CAL should come up with a plan to encourage parents to send their daughters for training", she said.

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