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The heights that the Indian women’s cricket team has achieved make us wonder – why are women cricketers not involved in the IPL which is the biggest celebration of cricket in India? Or even, why isn’t there a women’s IPL tournament too?
Women have proved their calibre in every field. Whether it is the corporate world, fashion industry, service sector, or the sports field, we have always proved that we are worth everything. In sports the one game that runs in the veins of our country is cricket. Women have shown their calibre in this ‘gentlemen’s game’ too. But women’s cricket doesn’t receive the due attention it deserves.
Since its inception the women’s cricket team has evolved a lot in terms of the game-play, tournaments and talent. Recently, they reached the finals of the world cup in 2017, the finals of the Asia Cup T20 in 2018, and the semi-final of the Women’s World T20 also in 2018, but still the recognition from the audience has always been slow.
Well to break such stereotypes Royal Challenge launched #ChallengeAccepted. It is a campaign that questions gender stereotypes in cricket. Through this, the perceptions that women’s and men’s cricket is not the same because women are not strong or fast enough like their male counterparts, are challenged.
We support this campaign, because women in cricket deserve the same attention as men.
So if you are also someone who believes that Men in Blue and Women in Blue are just the same, that equality in Cricket is a must, then you support the campaign. If not, or you still have doubts, then here we present to you 5 iconic moments when the Indian women’s cricket team proved to be as good as the men’s with their achievements and performance.
Semifinal of women’s world cup 2017 where Harampreet Kaur played a striking innings 171 of 115 which led to India winning against Australia.
The Captain Mithali Raj in a crucial Women’s World Cup encounter in Derby slammed a magnificent century against New Zealand.
Left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht showed her calibre by presenting an outstanding performance of 5-18. This was in the World Cup and it knocked down Pakistan at just 74. India won the third match of the World Cup by full 95 runs!
Opener Deepti Sharma set a new record when she smashed 188 to set up India’s massive 249-run win over Ireland in 2017. In the same match, a 320-run opening stand between Sharma and Poonam Raut became the largest first-wicket partnership in ODI history.
India’s leading pacer and all-time highest wicket-taker in ODIs, Jhulan Goswami, helped India score over England at 228/7 (Goswami’s scorecard 3-23 for 10 overs) in the World Cup finals. With this, she also regained the top position for all-time highest wicket-takers in ODI rankings, for the eighth time in her career.
While we celebrate women’s cricket we also need to work towards providing them with equal representation. If we want the game to flourish and more girls to join, then we need to break the stereotypes today! We need to bring both men and women in the same field and create an equal game.
With #ChallengeAccepted, Royal Challengers aim to do this by organizing first ever mixed gender T-20 match. If you too believe that men and women are equal in this ‘gentleman’s game’ then show your support by casting your vote here.
We support this initiative and are really looking forward to a combined match. Let’s all accept this challenge and flourish equality.
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