The ball was thrown somewhere near the imaginary sixth stump, turned menacingly to the right-handed player, and knocked out the bodyguard outside the stump. Wasim Jaffer called it “Ball of the Century, Women’s Cricket Edition.”
The ball from Shikha Pandey to Alyssa Healy in the second T20I provided insight into India’s Australia trip that ended on Sunday. Because this is Shikha’s only second ball in the entire tour. Prior to this, India’s biggest concern was its bowling ball.
If an experienced and skilled bowler like Shikha can be excluded from 11 people for a long time, it means that the competition for pacemaker position becomes more intense. The two women who got nods before Shikha certainly proved the management’s trust in them. Pooja Vastrakar and rookie Meghna Singh formed a powerful trio with veteran Jhulan Goswami in a one-time Day/Night Test.
Indian coach Ramesh Bowal has emphasized the need for Pacers, who can relieve Juran’s pressure on the Australian Tour. Pooja and Meghna did this and more.
When you join Renuka Singh and Shikha, who debuted in India in the T20I series, you will have enough pacemakers to support Jhulan’s participation in the World Cup in New Zealand from March to April next year. India’s tremendous progress in the bowling sector is one of the biggest gains of the Australian Tour.
The 38-year-old Juran may not be able to go on forever, even though she proved in tests and ODI that she is still one of the best bowlers in women’s cricket. So the performance of the young seaman should make the team management happy. People like Meghna and Renuka need to be properly nurtured, even if they must continue to look for younger talents on the domestic tour.
Yastika Bhatia’s easy transition to international cricket shows that talent can be tapped from domestic competitions. In the third ODI, 64 of her 69 goals helped India chase a challenging total, thus ending Australia’s amazing 26 winning streak.
With Mithali Raj, the outstanding servant of Indian women’s cricket in the past few decades, has not become younger, the timing of the 21-year-old left-hander’s appearance couldn’t be better. Yastika may be the discoverer of this tour.
The useful runs of goalkeepers Richa Ghosh and Pooja ensured the depth of the shot. When it comes to batting, Smriti Mandhana’s delightful 100 goals in the test is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the multi-format series.
The Indians may have lost the series 5-11, but this was made up for by some major gains.