India’s first T20 World Cup match is against Pakistan, and it will undoubtedly be a close one. Because of the two countries’ cricket rivalry, even though this match has traditionally been lopsided compared to its male counterpart, which has produced a number of memorable games across formats over the years, it remains one of the most important games of the tournament.
India is competing after winning the first-ever U19 Women’s T20 World Cup earlier this year with their U-19 team. Ravi Shastri, a former head coach of the Indian men’s team, believes the Indian women’s team is on the verge of winning a major championship.
For the last six or eight months, I’ve been saying that India’s women’s team is on the verge of winning a major tournament. “They have threatened, they have reached finals, they have lost some close games, but they are there,” Shastri said on the ICC Review.
“I know what happened in ’83, when we won the World Cup, it opened up a Pandora’s Box,” Shastri, who played for the Indian men’s team in 80 Tests and 150 ODIs between 1981 and 1992 and was a member of the squad led by Kapil Dev that won the 1983 World Cup, said.
When that happened, it changed people’s perceptions of the players, the game, and what they wanted from it. To cram the system, the sport’s monetisation methods were abruptly altered.
This is already happening in women’s cricket, as far as I can tell. All that remains is to reach the age of 19 or younger. It was incredible to see the young girls play so confidently and win. And, especially in the final, beating a team like England and bowling them out for 68 and then doing the job was an outstanding achievement,” he said, adding that it inspired many young people to play cricket.
In the 2015 T20 World Cup final, Australia defeated India by 85 runs. India finished second. They’ve also lost the ODI World Cup final twice, to Australia, in 2005 and 2017.
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