T20 World Cup 2023 with Gargi Banerjee: “Good but we need lots of improvement before facing better teams”

Although India defeated West Indies by 6 wickets in their second game of T20 World Cup 2023, former India cricketer Gargi Banerjee feels they have a lot to improve.
Deepti Sharma became the first Indian player to take 100 T20I wickets. Image: BCCI
Deepti Sharma became the first Indian player to take 100 T20I wickets. Image: BCCI

Indian Women's Cricket team defeated the West Indies team by 6 wickets in their second match of the T20 World Cup 2023. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur and wicket-keeper Richa Ghosh took the team home with their 73-run stand for the 4th wicket while Deepti Sharma created history by becoming the first Indian to take 100 T20 international wickets. Deepti took 3/15 in the match to restrict the West Indies team to 118. Although it was a good win for India, former India cricketer Gargi Banerjee feels there are lots of things India need to improve if they have to beat better teams further in the tournament.

In our special segment named "T20 World Cup 2023 with Gargi Banerjee", the former Indian cricketer said, "Yes, it is a clean win. But, we need to improve a lot of things to beat better teams." India will face England in their next Group-2 match and India should be at their best to beat them in order to be on top of the group table.

Deepti Sharma creates history | T20 World Cup 2023

Deepti Sharma looked tight in her bowling after a rare "bad match" against Pakistan. The right-arm off-spinner not only took 3 wickets but checked the run flow of the West Indies as well. Renuka Singh and Pooja Vastrakar were also economical in their bowling but lacked control in the middle. Left-arm spinners Radha Yadav and Rajeshwari Gayakwad were not consistent as they went for runs.

Even former India captain Mithali Raj addressed the lack of control in India's bowling in the commentary as well. Mithali said Indian bowlers are giving runs in the middle overs and lacking consistency in their bowling which can be an issue going into the tournament. Gargi Banerjee echoed her thoughts.

"You cannot allow the game to drift away from you after a good start. They are lacking control in line and length and it will hurt them when they play better teams. They will not give you opportunities to make a comeback," she told Sportz Point.

"You need to have a proper plan and bowl according to that. Deepti bowled brilliantly but we are expecting more from Rajeshwari and Radha. Even Renuka and Pooja have a few things to improve as well."

Along with bowling, she feels India can do a lot better in fielding. India missed two run outs opportunities and one catch went begging as well. Although Smriti Mandhana ran out Chinelle Henry to save that point for India.

But everything was overlooked when Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma came to bat. Mandhana, who was making a comeback in the team after missing the last fixture against Pakistan, looked positive from the word go. But, she was out stumped for 7 quite early in the chase. Shafali took it from there while Jemimah failed to continue her form from the last match.

"Richa's promotion has been beneficial. She looked matured:" Gargi Banerjee

After Shafali's dismissal (28), it was Richa Ghosh and Harmanpreet Kaur who took the charge and took the team home. Richa's promotion in the batting order making her play more balls and giving her a chance to settle before she goes bang bang.

"Richa has been very good. If you can guide her throughout the inning, she can play according to the situation of the team. Harman guided her well. I feel Richa's promotion is giving her more balls to play and it is good that she is utilising that opportunity."

Gargi Banerjee

Richa Ghosh remained unbeaten on 44 from 32 balls while Harmanpreet had to deaprt for 33 with the team needing just 3 runs.

With two wins in two games, India is now at number 2 on the points table of Group 2. As they prepare to face England, Gargi Banerjee feels they will have a good chance to win if they execute their skills well.

"I believe along with Australia, India have the most balanced side in this T20 World Cup. So, it just a matter of fact that they need to plan well and execute those plans as per the need of the match," she explained.

Scorecard Summary: IND vs WI | T20 World Cup 2023

West Indies: 118/6 (Deepti Sharma 3/15)
India: 119/4 (Richa Ghosh 44*, Harmanpreet Kaur 33)

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