Indian women’s team all-rounder Deepti Sharma said that women’s IPL should definitely happen in order to groom the Indian players.
The year 2021 has been great for Indian women team players as they got the opportunity to play a Test match after a span of seven years. The Mithali Raj-led side played against England and Australia, where both the games turned out in a drawn affair.
Many of the talented Indian players got the opportunity to play explore their franchise careers in some stylish tournaments like The Women’s Hundred and Women’s Big Bash League.
This year eight Indian players were part of the WBBL 2021, which was the highest number of Indian players representing in a single edition of an overseas league.
The need for a Women’s IPL, whose demand has grown since the team ended as runners-up in the 2017 World Cup to host England, is still pending and awaited.
Deepti Sharma, who is currently playing for Sydney Thunder along with Smriti Mandhana, said that such a kind T20 league gives enough experience to them and also helps them brush their skills.
“Yes, it (women’s IPL) should definitely happen. Because there are so many leagues outside, like the Big Bash League and The Hundred. (Kia) Super League also used to take place earlier. All these leagues provide a much-needed platform for girls. We get more matches which help us groom better,” Deepti told Hindustan Times.
The BCCI did start an exhibition tournament, Women’s T20 Challenge, where three teams, namely Supernovas, Trailblazers and Velocity, compete in a round-robin format followed by a final.
India finished the Super 12 stage in third place with six points in Group 2 below Pakistan and New Zealand, who defeated them in their first two games.
The T20 World Cup was the last assignment for Virat Kohli as India’s T20I captain, and also it marked the end of Ravi Shastri’s tenure as the head coach of the team.
The big thing lacking is an ICC trophy: Kapil Dev on Virat Kohli-Ravi Shastri
Shastri and Kohli’s partnership was very famous in the public eye for the respect they had for each other and the camaraderie they displayed in their professional stint.
Shastri and Kohli together might not have achieved an ICC trophy under their tenure, but definitely, they revamped India’s Test structure, especially in overseas tours.
For the first time, India won a Test series in Down Under in 2018/19 and followed their success in 2020/21.
India’s World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev said that the duo has done a commendable job for the Indian team and acknowledged the fact that they couldn’t win a single ICC trophy.
“I think both have done a super job. I understand that they could not win India a major trophy, but if we look at the last five years, there has been nothing lack since Kohli took over. The big thing lacking is an ICC trophy. Apart from that, India have won in Australia, England… wherever they have travelled, they have beaten the other team,” Kapil told Uncut.
“If you look at it from a trophy point of view, that’s a different thing altogether. But if you look at their cricket, the brand they have played in the last five years, I would give them 90 per cent marks out of 100, and deduct 10 per cent marks for not winning an ICC Trophy,” he added.
If you don’t reach the top 4, there will be criticism: Kapil Dev
India couldn’t make it to the semi-finals of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, and this was the first time they couldn’t qualify for the knockout stage in an ICC event since 2012.
Kapil Dev feels that the team will face criticism if they do not make it to the knockout stage.
“Reaching the World Cup knockouts is also a huge deal. I think after the 2007 World Cup in West Indies, this T20 World Cup is where it felt that India were disappointing. Had they reached the top 4 and then lost, it is understandable. But if you don’t reach the top 4, there will be criticism,” Kapil Dev asserted.
Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid is appointed as the new head coach of the Indian team, and his first assignment with the Indian team will start today in the three-match T20I series against New Zealand.