Ep.8: 2017 Women’s World Cup memories with Biju George

Team India. © ICC

“By the end of the World Cup, if you look at the stats, we had the maximum number of direct hits, maximum run outs (nine), maximum catches (27, joint-highest with South Africa) and also the maximum wicket-keeper’s dismissals (15),” Biju George tells us proudly about India’s fielding during the Women’s World Cup in 2017.

India’s fielding transformed when George was the fielding coach. He was appointed in early 2017 and was there till his contract expired in October 2019. In the interim, he oversaw the Asia Cup in 2018, where India finished runners-up and then the T20 World Cup later that year. Any interaction – big or small – with George always tells you how much he misses being with the national side and working with the players.

George is now the fielding coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Soft-spoken and passionate, he was on board as soon as we approached him for looking back at the World Cup of 2017. That is a tournament that, much like for most of us, is very close to his heart. Understandably so since India were within touching distance of the cup.

Don’t miss some amazing tales from the tournament as George brings his story-telling abilities to the fore.