IND-W vs ENG-W: 3 big accomplishments for India women’s team on England Tour – Indian women’s team has managed to find some momentum in the England tour by winning the last ODI and second T20I of the series after a draw in one-off the Test and losing first two games of the fifty overs series. Even though the Indian team has so far lost two and won two games in their England tour there are three big accomplishments from Mithali Raj, Shafali Verma and Harleen Deol so far.
It was Senh Rana’s fighting knock that helped India save the Test match while in the first T20I when the chips were down Harleen Deol pulled out a stunning catch to uplift the morale of the team. In the third ODI, Mithali Raj put her best foot forward to avoid whitewash while in the second T20I Deepti Sharma’s outstanding bowling helped India win the thrilling contest.
In this article, we at Insidesport will take you through three big accomplishments for the India women’s team from the England tour.
Shafali Verma made her debut in the longest format of the game with twin fifties against England in one-off Test in Bristol. She scored 96 runs in the first inning which is the highest for an Indian debutant in women’s Test cricket. In the second innings, she smashed 63 runs. With two back to back fifties, Verma became the youngest woman, and the fourth overall, to score twin half-centuries in her debut Test match. Many cricket experts were anxious to see how Shafali perform in the red ball cricket after excellent performances in limited-overs cricket. With her fearless batting approach in Test cricket, she has proved that format does not matter.
Indian women’s team member Harleen Deol in the first T20I took a scintillating catch to dismiss well-set Amy Ellen Jones. In the jaw-dropping catch incident, Deol caught the ball inside the boundary and deliberately flung it into the air. Meanwhile, owing to her motion, she carried herself beyond the rope, and then took an aerial dive from outside boundary ropes to catch the ball back inside the boundary. However, this catch could not stop England from posting a huge total and thus India lost the match by 18 runs. Nevertheless, the incident uplifted the morale of the team and helped India bounce back in the next game.
India ODI skipper Mithali Raj added another feather to her highly illustrious cap as she became the leading runs scorer across formats in international women’s cricket on Saturday. Mithali achieved the feat in the third and final ODI against England. The Indian skipper surpassed former England cricketer Charlotte Edwards’ record to reach the milestone. Edwards had scored 10,273 international runs across formats and Mithali needed just 12 runs coming into the third ODI to surpass Charlotte.
The Indian skipper struck a delightful boundary in the 24th over to become the leading run-scorer in women’s cricket. Her knock of 75 runs in 86 balls with the help of eight boundaries helped India beat England by four wickets and avoid the whitewash.