Indian women’s cricketer Sushma Verma was a part of the team that reached the final in the 2017 edition of the World Cup in England. While India lost that final narrowly, Sushma Verma revealed that it left a significant impact on the families’ perception of females taking part in sports. The women in blue lost the final to the hosts that edition.
Having batted first, England managed 228 from their 50 overs on the backdrop of a solitary half-century from Natalie Sciver and useful contributions from Sarah Taylor and Katherine Brunt. Jhulan Goswami was the pick of bowlers for India with three wickets while Sushma Verma affected one dismissal behind the stumps but made a duck later. Nevertheless, despite half-centuries from Poonam Raut and Harmanpreet Kaur, India fell short by nine runs.
Sushma Verma underlined that there has been a massive change in mindset since that as their team received widespread coverage, excellent reception, and state government honours. Sushma disclosed getting an offer from Himachal Police as DSP hence her parents think it is not essential to star for the national side.
“I think there has been a huge change. We got a tremendous reception, media coverage, and state government honors after the 2017 World Cup. Even I got an offer to join the Himachal police as DSP. So now, the parents think every player doesn’t need to star for the Indian team,“ Sushma told Sportskeeda.
Before that, not many people were aware of women’s cricket: Sushma Verma
The 27-year-old added that it was after that very competition that several parents seriously contemplated about cricketing careers for their daughters, seeking advice, and inquiring about it. The Shimla-born cricketer stated that not many were aware of women’s cricket team and there were questions bombarded about equipment, tournaments, willow, and other nuances of the game.
“Many parents started to call me to inquire about cricket, after the 2017 World Cup. They seek advice for the cricket careers of their daughters. Before that, not many people were aware of women’s cricket. After 2017, parents often ask me questions regarding the equipment, tournaments, willow, and all other minutiae of the game,” she added.