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Hope we can take women’s cricket to a higher level this year, says Smriti

Cricketer Smriti Mandhana during interview in Mumbai. | Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini India’s women cricketers fell just a step short of winning their maiden T20 World Cup title in 2020. Ahead of the next edition, Smriti Mandhana, the vice-captain, isn’t putting too much pressure on herself — and her teammates - in order to bring back the trophy from South Africa in February.“I am not a person who is huge on setting targets. I am not someone who says I’ll do this and do that. Let’s hope we can take women’s cricket to a higher level this year,” Smriti told  The Hindu while responding to a query on her targets for 2023. “We shall try and do whatever we can to achieve it. Hopefully towards the end of the year, we will have a few trophies and inspire a lot of other girls to play cricket.”S...
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WIPL | Auction base price to be between ₹10 lakh and ₹50 lakh

Representational image of an IPL auction | Photo Credit: Sportzpics for IPL The base price for the inaugural auction ahead of the Women’s Indian Premier League (WIPL) has been divided in five categories from ₹10 lakh and ₹50 lakh. The deadline for registration for the auction is January 26.According to the “guidance notes” for auction registration system shared by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) with the state associations, accessed by The Hindu, the reserve prices a cricketer can choose are specified.While capped players — those who have played for India or currently have a central contract — can choose either ₹30 lakh, ₹40 lakh or ₹50 lakh as their base price, the uncapped cricketers have been given two options (₹10 lakh and ₹20 lakh).The communication to state asso...
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Meg Lanning back to lead Australia women, ending indefinite break from cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Skipper Meg Lanning was on Friday included in the Australian women's one-day squad to face Pakistan, ending an indefinite months-long break and allaying fears that she had played her last international.The record-breaking 30-year-old announced she was stepping away from the game in August after leading her all-conquering team to Commonwealth Games gold.She said at the time it was to "focus on myself" after a hectic string of successes for Australia and Lanning that included a World Cup triumph.It was unclear whether she would return, but national selector Shawn Flegler said on Friday that Lanning was "all in" to take on Pakistan at home next month."We had always hoped she would come back and play, and a great story really," he added.Proud of our captain 💚💛 https://t.co/CZIzHGRlL...
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Young Richa Ghosh gains 4 places in ICC women’s T20 rankings | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Fresh from her 19-ball unbeaten 40 in the fourth T20I against Australia, India's wicketkeeper-batter Richa Ghosh has gained four places in the ICC women's T20I ranking for batters to reach 40th position.India's Deepti Sharma moved up a place to 32nd spot.Australia all-rounder Ashleigh Gardner has made notable progress in the latest weekly update after helping her team score a series-clinching seven-run win in the fourth match against India last Saturday.Gardner, who was named Player of the Match for scoring 42 runs and grabbing two for 20, has advanced one place to ninth in the list of batters.Having also taken two for 21 in the preceding match, she has gained nine places to reach 17th in the rankings for bowlers. The 25-year-old is also up one place to fourth among all-rounders....
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How gritty Devika won her blue shirt back

Devika Vaidya. | Photo Credit: P.K. Ajith Kumar Devika Vaidya had nearly given up. Her last One-Day International for India was in 2018. Her only Twenty20 International in 2014. Her dreams of getting the Team India blue shirt back suffered a series of setbacks, beginning with an injury in 2017 and a chikungunya affliction.She lost her mother, who was her strongest pillar of support and sole confidant. And, the Covid-19 pandemic made her mother’s absence all the more unbearable. But, the 25-year-old from Pune clutched onto the dream that kept her going.She wanted to win a World Cup — “Two actually,” she corrects herself — and put her heart and soul into getting back into the Indian team. On the domestic circuit, she bowled her leg-breaks, kept the scoreboard ticking and fielded as if he...
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Shafali Verma relishes playing against the Australians

Shafali Verma during the India (women) vs Australia (Women) third T20 at the CCI Stadium in Mumbai | Photo Credit: EMMANUAL YOGINI Shafali Verma is looking forward to captain India in the inaugural Women’s Under-19 T20 World Cup in South Africa. Her focus at the moment though is on the two remaining matches with the senior Indian team in the series against Australia.She had made her maiden T20I fifty against Australia in the third match of the series at the Brabourne Stadium here, but her dismissal proved a turning point as India lost the match by 21 runs to go 1-2 down.“I always enjoy playing against Australia,” Shafali said on the eve of her 50th T20I. “When I play against Australia it is as if I am playing against the boys. They will get you if you make even a small mistake against ...
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2nd T20I: Smriti Mandhana says one year back, this kind of chase might not have happened | Cricket News – Times of India

NAVI MUMBAI: Finishing off close games has been an achilles heel for the Indian women's team over the years but the work put in during the last 12 months showed in side's close win against world champions Australia, said vice-captain Smriti Mandhana. Mandhana scored 79 off 49 balls as India women nearly pulled off their highest ever chase before both teams ended tied at 187. Mandhana also scored 13 in the Super Over to fashion the win. "We haven't come good in close games against them although we have given them a fight. Close matches are something that whole Indian team is trying to work on and it started from the Commonwealth Games semi-final. Some matches have started going our way. People are adapting to pressure and we have a lot of match-winners," Mandhana said at the post-match p...
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Women’s T20 Challenger Trophy | Yastika, Shafali make unbeaten 90s

Shafali Verma after her match-winning effort for India-B against India-A in the senior Women’s T20 Challenger in Raipur on November 22, 2022. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement The score was small enough, but Shafali Verma made it look smaller. Her blistering 91 not out off 52 balls (11x4, 4x6) powered India-B to a nine-wicket win, with 5.5 overs to spare, in the Senior Women’s T20 Challenger Trophy tournament at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Stadium here on Tuesday. Remarkably, the swashbuckling opener scored almost 80 per cent of her team’s total; the target was 111.Sure, Shafali got a couple of lives — dropped by left-arm spinner Sahana Pawar off her own bowling on 25 and then by captain Poonam Yadav at midwicket off off-spinner S. Sajana on 43 — but she had been stroking the ball sweet...
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Women’s cricket | Andhra batter Meghana making her return count in style

India’s S. Meghana during game three in the One-Day International series against New Zealand at the John Davies Oval on February 18, 2022, in Queenstown, New Zealand. | Photo Credit: Getty Images The wait had been long for S. Meghana. More than five years, actually. She was 20 when she made her India debut. After playing seven T20I matches in late 2016, she was dropped. She was upset that she could not even make the domestic one-day team for two years. There were times when she thought of quitting. But her father, who introduced her to cricket, gave the moral support she badly needed. She was so depressed that she did not even want to touch the bat for two or three weeks.Those bad days are behind Meghana. Not only has she earned her place back in India’s T20I team, she also made her WO...
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Afghanistan government has in principle agreed to resume women’s cricket, says ICC | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: The ICC on Sunday said the Afghanistan government supports the world body's constitution and has "in principle" agreed to resuming women's cricket in the country. Afghanistan cricket, especially the women's game, had plunged into uncertainty last year due to the drastic changes in the political landscape following the takeover of the country by the Taliban. There were reports that Afghan women, including the country's women's cricket team, were banned from playing sport under the Taliban administration. The ICC had then set up a Working Group to review the status of cricket in the country. The Board received an update from the Afghanistan Working Group detailing a recent meeting with a representative of the Afghanistan government and the Afghanistan Cricket Board in Doha. The gov...
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Women’s Asia Cup Final: India start favourites against Sri Lanka in pursuit of 7th Asia cup title | Cricket News – Times of India

SYLHET: A ruthless Indian team would look to reassert its supremacy and aim to win an unprecedented seventh Asia Cup title when it clashes with Sri Lanka in the final here on Saturday. The tournament brought to fore India's depth as the younger crop of players has shouldered the burden of taking the team to the final without any tangible contribution from skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and her deputy Smriti Mandhana. Such has been the impact of the Indian team, that skipper Harmanpreet played only four games (81 runs) and in total faced a only 72 balls in those matches. Even Mandhana, who led in three games, skipped one game and didn't need to contribute much. The biggest takeaway from a tournament like this is that Indian team's junior members could react to pressure situations in a perfect ...
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Women’s Asia Cup | India start favourite against Sri Lanka in pursuit of 7th title

Sri Lanka might find it extremely difficult to upset the Indian applecart although in the last edition in Malaysia, four years back, Bangladesh did shock the favourites in the final Sri Lanka might find it extremely difficult to upset the Indian applecart although in the last edition in Malaysia, four years back, Bangladesh did shock the favourites in the final A ruthless Indian team would look to reassert its supremacy and aim to win an unprecedented seventh Asia Cup title when it clashes with Sri Lanka in the final in Sylhet, Bangladesh on Saturday. The tournament brought to fore India's depth as the younger crop of players has shouldered the burden of taking the team to the final without any tangible contribution from skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and her deputy Smriti Mandhana.Such has...
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Women’s IPL set to take place in March 2023 with 5 teams, maximum 5 overseas players in playing XI

The much-awaited inaugural edition of Women's IPL will have five teams and is set to take place in March 2023 before the start of men's IPL.As per a BCCI note accessed by PTI, the tournament will feature 20 league games with teams to play each other twice. The table toppers will get a direct entry into the final, while the second and third place teams will battle out in the Eliminator.Each team can have no more than five overseas cricketers in the playing eleven."To have a well balance of domestic & international players and to have competitive teams, it has been tentatively decided to have five teams for WIPL. Each team can comprise maximum of eighteen players where no team can have more than six overseas players."Further, no more than five overseas players - four from Full Members...
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India look to continue experimenting against plucky Thailand in Women’s Asia Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

SYLHET (Bangladesh): With a semifinal berth already sealed, India will look to continue experimenting with their playing XI when they take on a plucky Thailand in the Women's Asia Cup here on Monday. India have fielded a different playing XI in all their matches in the tournament so far in order to give the fringe players time in the middle ahead of the T20 World Cup next year. The batting order has also been continuously rejigged with skipper Harmanpreet Kaur dropping down to number seven against Pakistan. And while the move didn't work as the new-look middle order crumbled under pressure, the team has continued to give game time to its fringe players. However, after an underwhelming display that led to their first loss in six years to arch-rivals Pakistan, the 'Women in Blue' came bac...
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Asia Cup, India Women vs Malaysia Women: Meghana powers India to 181/4 | Cricket News – Times of India

SYLHET: Opener Sabbhineni Meghana (69) cracked her maiden T20I half- century to power India to 181 for 4 against Malaysia in their Asia Cup match here on Monday. Replacing vice-captain Smriti Mandhana at the top, Meghana reached a career-best 69 in 53 deliveries before Shafali Verma scored a scratchy 39-ball 46. For Malaysia, 17-year-old Nur Dania Syuhada (2/9) and skipper Winifred Duraisingam (2/36) picked two wickets each. Brief ScoreIndia: 181 for 4 in 20 overs (Sabbhineni Meghana 69, Shafali Verma 46; Nur Dania Syuhada (2/9), Winifred Duraisingam 2/36) !(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { window.TimesApps = window.TimesApps || {}; const { TimesApps } = window; TimesApps.loadFBEvents = function() { (function(f, b,...
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Kate Cross wants ‘wishy-washy’ run-out rules to be made clearer

England seamer Kate Cross wants the “wishy-washy” rules regarding the run-out for backing too far at non-striker’s end to be made clearer following the controversial dismissal of Charlie Dean in the final ODI at Lord’s. India pulled off a win against England on Saturday after all-rounder Deepti Sharma ran out Dean (47) for backing too far at the non-striker’s end, reigniting an intense debate over the spirit of the game. Dean was out of her ground, and Deepti simply held the ball to remove the bails, leaving the English team flabbergasted. “What I think has come of it, which happens a lot in these scenarios when there’s a big thing to talk about, is that the rules aren’t quite written correctly to make it clear,” Cross told the BBC’s No Balls podcast. “I think what needs to happen is th...
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Harmanpreet powers India Women to first series win in England in 23 years

Harmanpreet Kaur scored a magnificent 143 not out (111 balls) as India put on board a mammoth 333 for 5 against England in the 2nd ODI. India won by 88 runs Harmanpreet Kaur scored a magnificent 143 not out (111 balls) as India put on board a mammoth 333 for 5 against England in the 2nd ODI. India won by 88 runs Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur smashed a scintillating unbeaten ton to power India to a comprehensive 88-run win in the second ODI, that sealed country's first series win against England since 1999. A vintage Harmanpreet rekindled the memories of 2017 World Cup with a magnificent 143 not out which came off just 111 balls as India put on board a mammoth 333 for 5.Highlights from the second ODI as India seal the series in Canterbury.🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 #ENGvIND 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/EkEBrGzmNT— Eng...
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Navgire set for debut against England as India look to address finishing woes

The focus will be on the Indian women team’s finishing woes with the bat when it takes on England in the first of the three T20 Internationals here on Friday. After the loss in the final of the Commonwealth Games to Australia, India’s second wicketkeeper Yastika Bhatia was axed at the expense of some bold inclusions in uncapped Kiran Prabhu Navgire and Dayalan Hemalatha, both power-hitters. Maharashtra batter Navgire, who plays for Nagaland, hogged the limelight with her record 162 not out against Arunachal Pradesh in the Senior T20 Trophy earlier this year, after which she was roped in by the Velocity squad for the T20 Challenge. Navgire showed her power-hitting abilities by smashing the fastest fifty in the T20 Challenge in May, and it remains to be seen if she is picked ahead of her...
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Nobody can fill Jhulan Goswami’s shoes, her passion for cricket is unmatched, says Harmanpreet

The 39-year-old is set to retire after the third and final ODI against England at Lord's on September 24. The 39-year-old is set to retire after the third and final ODI against England at Lord's on September 24. India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur on August 30, 2022 paid a glowing tribute to Jhulan Goswami, saying the veteran pacer's passion for the sport is unmatched and "nobody can fill her shoes".The 39-year-old, who is leading wicket-taker in international cricket in a career spanning more than two decades, is set to retire after the third and final ODI against England at Lord's on September 24."She goes to every game with the same kind of passion which is unmatched, nobody can beat that," Harmanpreet said in a media interaction here on the eve of their departure for their white-ball s...
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Harmanpreet Kaur rues trend of mistakes in big finals after missing CWG gold medal | Commonwealth Games 2022 News – Times of India

BIRMINGHAM: Heartbroken after a Commonwealth Games (CWG) gold medal slipped out of their hands, India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur harped on the need to stop repeating same mistakes in 'title clashes', saying that going forward the "mental block" has to be broken. The Indian team came close to winning coveted gold on women cricket's CWG debut but fell short by nine runs after being in a dominant position against Australia. It was deja vu for Harmanpreet and Co. who had suffered a similar inexplicable batting collapse during the T20 World Cup finals defeat against Australia in 2020 and the 2017 ODI World Cup final in England. "Every time in big finals, we make the same mistakes again and again (with the bat). That is something we have to improve," Harmanpreet said after the match on Sunday. ...