Indian women’s cricket team’s shocking defeat in semifinal against England has disappointed fans a lot. It’s not just about the loss; rather the way Indian women played that shocked everyone. However, all these bad displays on-field is getting overshadowed due to Mithali Raj’s omission from the team. It indeed shocked everyone when Kaur declared the team, missing Mithali. Now as the team lost, it was quite obvious for her to be blamed. But, more than Mithali, the following aspects should be addressed. Keeping the fact in mind that Mithali is at the dawn of her career, itis important to focus on more crucial aspects as given below.
Depth in batting:
Honestly, Indian women team’s batting was/is dependent upon only three players- Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, and Mithali. Among these Mithali in t20 format can not be depended for power hitting. Now, you can’t really wish for being the champions with only three reliable bats women. Players like Veda Krishnamurthy have utterly disappointed the team.
Lack of genuine all-rounder:
Though Deepti Sharma is being considered an all-rounder, but she hasn’t been quite impressive to meet the class of Perry, Kapp or Sciver. Players like these are crucial for a format like t20.
No pinch hitters:
Everyone knows the worth of pinch hitters in t20. Unfortunately, team India is still in search of the same.
It’s unfortunate to know that Veda was getting regular chances, despite her horrible form, simply because she had a safe pair of hands. She is not even the fastest; but a good sleep and boundary fielder. In a transforming cricketing arena, it is quite mandatory for each and every member of a team to be equally efficient as a fielder.