Former India Cricketer Diana Edulji has an insightful opinion about the current Indian women’s team. Edulji has served in the Committee of Administrators (CoA) in BCCI prior to Sourav Ganguly’s arrival as president, she feels the team is a brilliant T20 side in making but a mature ODI side in context and have a better chance at winning the 50-Over world cup which is scheduled to be held in New Zealand next year She wished our girls all the luck and wants the women in blue to bring cup back home.
Edulji was a slow left-arm bowler and has represented India in 20 Tests and 34 ODIs. “My dream of getting one of the two World Cups is still pending and I hope the girls will do it. I think in T20I, it is a little difficult for us because we are not yet a T20I team as such. It all depends on Harman [Harmanpreet Kaur] and how she fires, but in 50 overs, we have a very good chance,” Edulji told Sportstar on the sidelines of the Aces Awards 2020.
When the women’s cricket team reached the final of the 50-over World Cup in 2017, the CoA was in power. “I was happy that I could contribute something in lifting the game to a good level. They reached the final and played at Lord’s. It was a packed house, and that made everybody sit up and watch that yes, women’s cricket is there,” said the 63-year-old, who holds the record of delivering the most number of balls (5,098+) in women’s Tests.
On the evolution of women’s Cricket over time – “It is a big difference between what we were playing and what now they are playing. They are much better looked after. We paid from our own pockets to play but they are getting paid. It is a good sign,” said Edulji.
The Big ICC event is going to commence from 21st February in Australia, finale scheduled to be played on international women’s day- 8th March.
Source: Wriddhaayan Bhattacharya for Sportstar
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