Indian women are now finally getting their share in the country’s growth which was long due. Women in India have always been a subject to brutality, harassment, and discrimination when it comes to their rights and opportunities. However, the situation has now changed over the years, and things are getting better with days passing by.
Women’s cricket is also a witness of the incoming change, and things have developed for good in the spectrum over the last decade. The recently concluded ICC Women’s T20 World Cup was one of the success stories concerning female cricket. The successful campaign is sure to witness women’s cricket touching new heights. Among the many milestones recorded during the tournament and the final, the consumption rose to a staggering 5.4 billion minutes contrary to the 2018 edition, when it was 1.8.
Although the Indian Women’s Cricket Team couldn’t beat Australia in the finals, the country has witnessed some rising stars that have emerged from the tournament and will continue to bring laurels to the nation.
Today, we’ll take a look at the 5 Indian women’s cricketers and their male counterparts in the Indian National Cricket Team.
5 Indian Women’s Cricketers Who Are No Less Than The Male Counterparts
Shafali Verma-Virender Sehwag
Shafali Verma, the young opener of the Indian women’s cricket team, is compared with the legendary opener Virender Sehwag of the Indian men’s cricket team. Shafali secured a place in the Indian team at the age of just 15.
Since then, she has been breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s records with her explosive batting, but Shafali is compared to Sehwag in the cricket world. The biggest reason for this is the way she plays.
Actually, Virender Sehwag did not wait to hit fours and sixes and attacked the opposition bowler as soon as he took charge. Shafali also bats like Sehwag. She does not wait to set herself, and her purpose is to grace the ground and hit fours and sixes.
Shefali made her debut against South Africa in 2019 and then she got a chance to play in the ICC T20 Women’s World Cup 2020. While Shafali batted exceptionally well in all league matches, she could not score runs in the final and India suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Australia in the final.
Smriti Mandhana-Rohit Sharma
Indian women’s opener Smriti Mandhana is often compared to Rohit Sharma, the opener of the men’s cricket team. In fact, Mandhana has made a mark in the last few years as an explosive opener, and you all know that Rohit is also known for giving a strong start to India.
The left-handed Mandhana has a good sense of building an inning, and like Rohit, she is very famous for giving a strong start to the team and is capable of playing some huge shots.
The 23-year-old Mandhana holds the number-4 position in the ICC ODI rankings, while Rohit is at number-2. Not only this, but Mandhana has also been awarded the Arjuna Award.
Mithali Raj-Sachin Tendulkar
Mithali Raj is rightly credited for the development of women’s cricket in India. In fact, Mithali brought women’s cricket to a new dimension in India. Indian women cricketers along with their men’s counterparts, are also famous for their sport around the world.
Mithali Raj is often compared to the God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar. Like Sachin, Mithali also knows how to build a long inning with a sense of maturity. Their style of play is also quite similar as both are known for their cover drives.
Apart from this, similar to Sachin, Mithali is also at the number 1 spot in women’s world cricket in terms of runs in ODI cricket. However Test cricket has not been played much in women’s cricket, but if it had, it would not be wrong to say that like Sachin, Mithali would have been the highest run-scorer in this format too.
Harmanpreet Kaur-Virat Kohli
Indian women’s cricket team captain Harmanpreet Kaur can be compared with Indian captain Virat Kohli. Actually, both players are India’s match-winners, and they have a lot of dependence on them.
Just as everyone’s eyes are on Virat Kohli after the openers flop in the Indian men’s team, similarly when the women’s cricket team’s opener flops, everyone’s eyes are fixed on Harmanpreet. Like Virat, Harmanpreet has also been awarded the Arjuna Award.
Deepti Sharma-Ravindra Jadeja
All-rounder Deepti Sharma can easily be compared with Ravindra Jadeja, the all-rounder of the Indian cricket team. There are many similarities between the two players.
Just as Ravindra Jadeja does excellent fielding, in women’s cricket, Deepti Sharma is also known for great fielding. Apart from this, both are all-rounders and handle the innings as per the requirement of the team. Both these left-handed players are expert in taking wickets in the middle overs for Team India besides batting well.