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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

ICC Womens World Cup 2017 ~ Highest run scorer, Wicket taker and victims are Indians !!

She has played 2 Tests and 98 ODIs ; 68 T20s – scored 2408 ODI runs and has 42 stumpings and 95 catches in ODI.  Her name would immediately make you think of Saamy heroine.

The ICC Womens’ World Cup has been exciting.  SA has choked again; England has marched to Finals and wait the outcome of India Australia match at Derby tomorrow.  In this WC  Indian Capt.  Mithali Raj has rewritten the all-time batting record and Jhulan Goswami  the all-time bowling record; Trisha Chetty added her name to the leaderboards when in Taunton earlier this week she rose to top spot for most wicket-keeper dismissals in women’s One-Day Internationals when Chamari Polgampola edged Dane van Niekerk to her gloved hands.  She is of Indian origin but plays for South Africa.

Moments after the final of 2017 edition Indian Premier League between Rising Pune Supergiant and Mumbai Indians was concluded, Chennai Super Kings franchise announced their return  to the league and social media just exploded.  Chennai fans have been starved off International cricket, no matches being played at Chepauk, and most of us are eagerly awaiting TNPL about to start in a couple of days.  CSK along with Rajasthan Royals were in July 2015 suspended from the cash-rich league in a clean-up exercise following the 2013 betting and spot-fixing scandal.

India offspinner R Ashwin has waded into controversy by comparing Chennai Super Kings' return to the IPL fold to Manchester United's recovery from the horrific plane crash at Munich in 1958, in which 23 people including eight of their footballers died. The Manchester United squad had been returning home from a European Cup tie in Belgrade on February 6, 1958 when their British European Airways flight crashed on take-off following a refuelling stop. Ashwin subsequently took to Twitter to clarify his position, claiming his comments had been taken out of context.

Out there in UK, a  week ago, when India went down to Australia by eight wickets, the odds in favour of the two teams facing each other a second time this World Cup were seemingly low. While Australia had sealed a semi-final berth at a canter, India's fate was to be decided by a knock-out tie against New Zealand. In what turned out to be their most comprehensive victory in the tournament, a century from captain Mithali Raj, coupled with Veda Krishnamurthy's 45-ball 70, marshalled India to their fourth semi-final appearance in ten editions and their first since 2005, when they finished runners-up.

India is expecting that opener   Smriti Mandhana, who got India's campaign off to a flying start with a 90 and a hundred in consecutive games, would fire again in the possible 2 matches along with Punam Raut.   Mithali  Raj's partnerships with Raut, Harmanpreet Kaur, Krishnamurthy and Deepti Sharma have been vital to India's totals, as have been her 356 runs at an average of 50.85, that contributed to her becoming the first Indian to score 1000 runs in the World Cup.  India would look forward to its spinners too ..

Trisha Chetty has been playing since her young age and is reportedly an avid fan of Jonty Rhodes.  Chetty followed a fairly regular route through the ranks, from junior cricket to provincial cricket and the national team. She made her international debut as an 18-year-old and batted at No. 6 in that match. Less than 18 months later, she moved to the top of the order, in a one-off match against Ireland. That's where she stayed until recently. Unlike modern wicketkeepers who consider themselves batsmen who can keep, Chetty sees herself primarily as a wicketkeeper. It has helped that she's had one of the best in the world to look up to. "I loved Mark Boucher's style," Chetty says. "I wanted to be just like him. Just everything about the way he did things and his rhythm in keeping."

Last year,  Cricket South Africa suspended two of its three Indian-origin players in the national women’s squad – Shabnim Ismail and Trisha Chetty – for repeat offences that breached its Rules and Code of Conduct. Ismail and Chetty were suspended until January 31  for persistent breaches of Article 1.5.2 of the Code, namely “unbecoming or detrimental conduct which could bring them, the Board or the game of cricket into disrepute”. Although CSA would not give details of the nature of the offences, sources said the two players were at loggerheads !

So tomorrow let us all cheer for our side to win the match reach the finals and win the Cup too.  Hearty wishes to Mithali Raj and our team India.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

19th July 2017.

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