Most will fail yo yo test: Diana Edulji slams India’s poor fielding in Women’s T20 World Cup exit | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Sloppy fielding was one of the reasons for Team India‘s semi-final loss to Australia in Women’s T20 World Cup on Thursday. Along with three dropped catches, there were at least 6 fumbles while fielding — which cost 10-12 extra runs — as Harmnpreet Kaur and co. had a poor day out on the field.
Former captain Diana Edulji slammed the poor fielding from the women’s team, pointing out that the triumphant U-19 team looked fitter and fielded way better in their victorious T20 World Cup campaign.
Edulji, who was part of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee which ran the BCCI for 33 months, was critical about the fitness standards of the senior women’s team and said that most of the squad members would struggle to pass the yo yo test.
The 67-year-old also felt skipper Harmanpreet Kaur was casual while running the second run as she suffered an unfortunate run out at a crucial juncture of the match.
“I found the U-19 team much fitter than the seniors. They didn’t choke in the final. From 2017 to 2023 it is the same old story (for the senior team).
“The BCCI must have proper assessment of players’ fitness. I know yo yo test is a bit tough for women. Out of 15 , 12 will fail that test but you have a different criteria for them for acceptable fitness standards. Right now there is no accountability on that front,” Edulji told PTI a day after India’s five-run loss.
India were pretty poor in their fielding and catching while Australia were brilliant, making the difference in the end.
“You are definitely looking at an overhaul (in terms of planning and preparation after the World Cup loss). They need to improve fitness first of all, their fielding, their catching running between the wickets. Unless you have strength in the legs, you won’t be able to run.
“They need absolute danda (BCCI needs to crack the whip) to reach the top. You are getting everything from the BCCI including equal play.
“Every time you lose a winning game, it is a habit. BCCI has to take a strong call and not give in to the demands of the players.
“Have a proper strategy for the future. We have had enough of this star culture. It is not going to work like this,” said Edulji.
With another T20 World Cup scheduled in September next year, Edulji wanted the BCCI to appoint permanent support staff in the women’s team rather getting personnel from the NCA on an ad-hoc basis.
“Harman was casual while taking the second run”
Harmanpreet’s run out was the turning point of the game and Edulji felt the India skipper could have done better.
“She is thinking the bat got stuck but if you see the second run she was jogging. Why are you running in a relaxed manner when you know when your wicket is so important? You have to play professional cricket to win. Look at the dive Perry made to save those two runs. That is what professionalism is.
“They don’t give up till the end and we are not ready to fight at all. You can’t be falling at the last hurdle all the time.
“She was casual on the second run. She thought she would comfortably reach. We were told in the 1970s by Mr. Sunil Gavaskar that every ball you have to learn to ground your bat then only you get into that habit,” she said.
“Shafali’s shot selection is poor”
Though still a teenager, Shafali Verma is into her fourth year of international cricket. She was below par in the World Cup and did not have the best of times in the U-19 World Cup where she was captain.
“If Shafali Verma thinks she can’t be dropped then she is mistaken. I would like to see videos of her getting out, which ball has been good enough to get her out? Her shot selection is so poor.
“Even in the U-19 World Cup, she did not perform with the bat though the team won. Let the other U-19 opener (Shweta Sehrawat) come in and take her place.
“And what was the need for Jemimah for play that shot? You just got a four before, read the game a little more considering the game situation.
“Smriti and Harman too have been inconsistent that is why India have not won a major tournament. The talent is there but they have to be given rigourous training. We have enough firepower in the batting department.”
Edulji feels a change in leadership will not make much of a difference.
“A captain is as good as the team. if Smriti comes in, same players are there. It won’t make much of a difference. Also it’s high time that musical chairs of the support staff is stopped. What is the bowling coach doing? The bowling has deteriorated. Spinners have completely gone out of form.
“With great difficulty we beat Pakistan, West Indies. We should have gone all out against England to escape Australia in the semifinals. They struggled against Ireland too. Okay these were tired (over used) wickets but everyone was playing on the same surface,” added Edulji.
(With inputs from PTI)

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