Played over 12 locations, Senior Women One Day International League ended the domestic women’s cricket drought of more than 3 months. The teams fought hard for two weeks of playing league matches. Making their way through quarter and semi-finals, Bengal took on Andhra Pradesh in the final match to lift the trophy. There were players who displayed stellar performances with their bat and bowl and contributed majorly in their teams’ success:
- DEEPTI SHARMA
The highest run-scorer of the tournament and the second highest wicket taker with 487 runs and 22 wickets respectively in 11 matches. The all-round performance by Deepti helped Bengal to win their solo title under BCCI administration. This is the first time in domestic tournament, she ruled the roost. She was the highest run scorer in the finals for her team and also took 3 wickets.
- JEMIMAH RODRIGUES
One of the most consistent players with her two centuries, half-centuries and some crucial wickets made Jemimah irreplaceable in Mumbai squad. Her best in the league would be 133 not out runs and 3 dismissals against Bengal.
- PUNAM RAUT
Punam Raut started the tournament for Railways with a century. She then scored 136 runs while playing against Saurashtra. She was accompanied by Mithali Raj, Veda Krishnamurthy and others to make railways top the Elite Group A and B points table. However, Railways lost to Bengal in the semi-finals and for the first time in 7 years Railways was not a part of finals of an inter-state 50 over tournament.
- PRIYA PUNIA
Priya Punia’s performance would have helped her gain enough confidence before her debut for India women against New Zealand. She became the fourth player to score two centuries in the competition, with her centuries against Tamil Nadu and Gujarat.
- SAEE PURANDARE
Saee Purandare remained the most consistent batter from Meghalaya’s side. Her 4 half-centuries and one century led Meghalaya to finish at third spot in the Plate Group’s Points table with 5 wins. Purandare opening for Meghalaya women helped the team lay a strong foundation of the innings. Her best of the tournament was her unbeatable 153 runs against Arunachal Pradesh.
- TARANNUM PATHAN
Tarannum Pathan was the leading wicket-taker of the league with 24 dismissals. Her 5 wicket haul against Gujarat women was her best and also scored a half century against Mumbai. She took 3 wickets conceding 25 runs in the semi-finals against Bengal, which still had her team Baroda ending up on the losing side.
- VANDANA MAHAJAN
When Saee Purandare took command of the batting side of Meghalaya, Vandana Mahajan took control with the bowl. While playing against Cricket Association of Mizoram, she dismissed the opponent team at just 11 runs by taking 8 wickets.
- GOUHER SULTANA
Gouher’s 4 wickets each against Uttarakhand, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh made her team Pondicherry stood at second position in the Plate Group’s points table.
- SHUBHLAKSHMI SHARMA
Shubhlakshmi Sharma was a consistent wicket-taker for Bengal but outstood in the knock-out stages. She took 5 wickets in semi-finals against Railways and 2 wickets against Andhra Pradesh in the finals to lift the trophy.
- JHULAN GOSWAMI
With an economy just over 2 in the whole tournament, Jhulan Goswami guided Bengal to their historic win in the competition. Her half century and 3 wickets in semi-finals led her team to the finals against Andhra Pradesh women. A close final match was concluded by Bengal winning by 10 runs.
Sneh Rana, BS Fulmali, Shivi Pandey, Tejal Hasabnis, Latika Kumari, Renuka Singh, Ananya Upendran have also marked their names in the list of well performers!