South Africa women’s cricket team toured India facing the hosts in 5 T20Is and 3 ODIs. Hosts left no stone unturned in the tournament and poured victories. 5 T20Is were played in Surat and the washed-out matches were rescheduled in rest days while experiencing full house of spectators, likewise, in 3 ODIs which were played in Vadodara. Every inning saw the emergence of various match winners which was a major reason behind comprehensive wins in the series.
Senior and most experienced players of the team like Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur, Poonam Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Ekta Bisht, Punam Raut played their exemplary selves which was a learning for the newcomers and next generation of players in India. Every game was made out of total team effort and equal contribution in the batting, bowling and fielding.
In a conversation with TOI Yusuf Pathan said,
“We have known Mithali and Jhulan for a very long time, and I am glad that they came home along with Punam and enjoyed the hospitality. What these girls have done for women’s cricket in India is truly inspiring, and I am delighted to see that more people are taking a keen interest in women’s cricket. Mithali recently completed 20 years in international cricket, and we are running out of adjectives to describe her achievements. They really loved the food and it was a delight to host them.”
Yusuf Invited the players for a dinner at his residence as they have been missing the home-made food for a long time due to back-to-back tours.
The scenario for women’s cricket team is changing and going in a positive direction, which will directly motivate the side to perform their best in every inning.