The Indian team, led by Mithali Raj, started their ICC Women’s Championship tour earlier this month, with the series against South Africa, that includes three ODIs and five T20Is. India has already taken a 2-0 lead in the ODI series.
Mandhana’s 84 and skipper Raj’s 45 helped them reach 213 in the first match, followed by the pace attack of Goswami and Pandey, picking up 7 wickets between themselves, which led to the Indian team sealing the Proteas innings within 125 in the first ODI at Kimberly, and registering a major win.
In the second ODI, Mandhana’s quickfire 135 was a treat to watch, with Veda Krishnamurthy’s stormy 51 and Kaur’s 55 in her 150th international match, that helped India to put up a huge total of 303 on board. In reply, Proteas were all-out within 124, courtesy of Poonam Yadav’s four-wicket haul, with Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma taking two wickets each. Jhulan Goswami picked up one wicket in this match and became the first women cricketer to take 200 wickets in cricket history, while by winning the 2nd ODI, skipper Mithali Raj became the player in Women’s Cricket with most ODI wins (109).
Unfortunately, there was no coverage, live telecast or live stream of these matches. However, ESPNcricinfo, ICC, and Cricket South Africa’s official Twitter handle, as well as the Women’s CricZone social media page, updated the scorecard of those matches and Cricket South Africa released a four-minute highlight of both the matches on their youtube page afterwards.
Recently in an interview, vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur expressed her frustration about this matter and sees this as a missed opportunity for the women’s game. She said, “After the World Cup, we were expecting that most of the time we would be on TV wherever we are playing cricket,” Kaur told Stumped, a radio show on bbc.co.uk. “I think it’s the saddest thing (that) still these matches are not telecast. But still, it was a great effort from the team (in the first two ODIs), and we are playing like we were runners-up in the World Cup.” she said. “I know everyone was expecting these matches to be on TV, but (it) doesn’t matter because we are here to play cricket, and these things are out of our control. We will focus on things that are under our control.”
She added, “I think, as a female cricketer, these things will never affect us – whether games are live or not. Our whole focus is on our performance, and I think as a team we are doing really well. And I hope we will continue this.”