Indian women’s cricket team lost a vital match against England in the ongoing women’s T20 World Cup, 2023. India couldn’t chase 152 set up by England at Saint Georges Park, Gqeberha. With that defeat, England have gone up to the number-one position on the group table. Meanwhile, India is still at number two on the table.
Former India cricketer, Gargi Banerjee said that the Indian cricket team was not up to its best in the match against England. The shot selections from Indian batters were the reason behind India’s loss in the third match of Group 2.
Although Smriti Mandhana scored her first 50 of the tournament, the rest of the matters failed to score, big against a strong opposition like England. Richa Ghosh was the lone warrior batting down the order for India.
T20 World Cup 2023| “You cannot depend on one or two players to take you through”
Richa scored 47 from 34 balls with two sixes and four boundaries but couldn’t take the Indian team home. “ If you look at the short selections of Indian betters, they were not good,” the former Indian cricketer said in our special segment named T20 World Cup 2023 with Gargi Bannerjee.
“The only positive from our batting line-up was Smriti’s fifty and Richa’s fight.”
“But, to win against teams like England and Australia, you need a team performance. You just cannot depend on one or two players to take you through,” she added.
With Richa’s consistent performance in the T20 World Cup 2023, Gargi Banerjee feels India can look to promote Richa Ghosh up the order to surprise other teams.
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But even with that, she feels batters like Jemimah, Harmanpreet and Shafali need to put in a consistent performance to chase against better teams.
With the ball in hand, Indian pacers were on target except for Pooja Vastrakar. Puja went for 24 runs in her two overs with an economy rate of 12. Along with her Deepti Sharma, Rajeshwari, Gayakwad and Shafali Verma went for runs as Amy Jones and Nat Sciver-Brunt kept on punishing bad balls.
Renuka was superb with the ball as she picked up five wickets for just 15 runs in our four overs. Renuka was on target against the batters like Dani Wyatt, Alice Capsey and Sophia Dunkley. She had managed to give early blows to England. Despite being 29/3, England managed to make a comeback and score 151 in the first innings.
“In T20 cricket, even if you are not getting wickets, you need to stop the run flow:” Gargi Banerjee
“Yes, Renuka was fantastic with the new ball. She was disciplined and kept on bowling in the areas where England batters looked weak,” Gargi Banerjee said.
“ But, as I said, you need a team performance to win a match. Bowlers need to remember that in T20 cricket even if you are not getting wickets you need to stop the run flow of the opponent batters. And our bowlers failed to do that,” she added.
With many permutations and combinations going on, India is unlikely to top the group while Australia has already topped Group 1.
That means India will have to face Australia in the semifinals. Gargi Banerjee feels India need to bring in more spinning all-rounders, to win against the mighty Aussies.
“Players like Devika Vaidya can be added to the team to restrict the Aussie batters. We need to be very disciplined in all three departments of the game to beat a team like Australia or New Zealand to go further in the tournament.”
India will face Ireland today from 6:30 PM at Saint George’s Park, Gqeberha.