“Fairly certain that we’d see it occurring in a yr or two,” mentioned an optimistic Shikha Pandey on being requested when can one presumably see a full-fledged Girls’s Indian Premier League (IPL) going forward. The Girls’s T20 Problem was performed for the very first time in 2018 and in a one-off match, the Supernovas have been in a position to outclass the TrailBlazers.
Then, in 2019, the BCCI organised a three-team match as an alternative of a one-off match, that includes a brand new crew known as Velocity together with Trailblazers and Supernovas.
Shikha performed the inaugural version of the match for the TrailBlazers whereas within the 2019 version, she represented Velocity.
This yr, BCCI had scheduled a four-team contest within the Girls’s T20 Problem with seven matches in comparison with final yr’s 4. Nevertheless, the coronavirus pandemic compelled the postponement of the match.
In a telephonic interview with ANI, Shikha Pandey spoke concerning the Girls’s IPL and the way the competitors can encourage extra women within the nation to take up the game.
“As a cricketer, should you ask me, having the high-intensity video games and with the ability to play them could be an enormous plus for us, on the worldwide degree, you get to play high-intensity video games, to have world-class cricketers taking part in alongside you, you get to be taught a lot from them when it comes to their expertise. With IPL matches being occurring and them being televised, a variety of younger women would be capable of watch it on tv, it will be an enormous factor as being a 90s child I didn’t get the prospect to look at televised girls’s matches a lot,” mentioned Shikha whereas talking concerning the prospects of the Girls’s IPL.
“It could encourage the youthful lot to take up cricket. We have now obtained an enormous expertise pool inside our home cricket, I’d say Girls’s IPL ought to occur and I’m very certain in one other yr or two, we’ll see a really nicely organised Girls’s IPL. We have now performed Girls’s T20 Problem in 2018 and 2019, the form of reception we obtained from the those that got here to look at these matches was superb, the stadium was jampacked, any worldwide sequence we play in India, we’ve all the time acquired nice help from the group,” added the pacer who made her debut in 2014.
The 31-year-old Shikha additionally talked about what prompted her to write down a protracted Twitter thread, asking the involved authorities to not tinker with guidelines to make girls’s cricket extra “enticing”.
There have been options of making an attempt out a smaller ball or shorter pitch for ladies’s cricket, however Shikha had steered that reasonably than altering the foundations, authorities ought to look to market the game higher.
Elaborating about her Twitter thread, Shikha mentioned: “I’ve been listening to options to make girls’s cricket extra interesting for some time now, there was loads being mentioned concerning the adjustments that have been wanted to be made in an effort to make girls’s cricket extra enticing, it was one thing I needed to precise, what I wrote in my Twitter thread was what I actually felt.”
“There have been many individuals who agreed with it, however I used to be pleased that individuals who didn’t agree with my opinion additionally got here out and talked about it. I used to be very pleased with the actual fact that individuals have been popping out suggesting adjustments, it means they’re eager about girls’s cricket and the way it can develop,” she added.
Shikha was part of the Indian squad that made the finals of the 2017 50-over World Cup and T20 World this yr. The pacer talked concerning the affect of the finals of each the main tournaments.
India had missed out on profitable each the tournaments, because the aspect confronted loss towards England within the 50-over World Cup closing, whereas the Harmanpreet Kaur-led aspect confronted defeat towards Australia within the T20 World Cup’s summit conflict.
Speaking about 2017 World Cup closing, Shikha mentioned: “After the 2017 World Cup, there was a surge in various women who really needed to take up cricket professionally in India, they’ve been coming to to the academies in an effort to develop into subsequent Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami. The video games after the 2017 World Cup have been televised irrespective of the place we’ve performed.”
“It was superb to see so many individuals come down on the MCG to look at the finals of the T20 World Cup, it’s as soon as in a lifetime alternative to play on the MCG to play in a entrance of so many individuals on Girls’s Day with greats like Katy Perry and Billie Jean King. It was a spectacle, we misplaced the match, sure, however we have been very fortunate to play in entrance of so many individuals,” mentioned Shikha whereas speaking concerning the T20 World Cup on the Melbourne Cricket Floor.
Shikha, who has scalped 73 wickets in ODIs, additionally talked about her learnings from the losses the Indian aspect suffered within the finals of the 2 main ICC tournaments.
“Everybody’s psychological setup is completely different, I’ve learnt a variety of issues from the 2 finals that I performed in, I all the time consider that you just be taught much more from defeats than from the success you’ve got, holding your nerve in high-pressure conditions is one thing I’ve learnt, to have the ability to assume clearly is one other factor I’ve learnt,” mentioned Shikha.
The Indian girls’s crew was final seen in motion within the finals of the T20 World Cup this yr towards Australia. After that, coronavirus pandemic compelled all sporting occasions to come back to a halt.
On being requested about how she spent her lockdown days, Shikha mentioned: “The preliminary few days have been a bit troublesome, however then as soon as I began following my routine, I had a timetable for myself, I’ve been understanding twice a day, the coach has been actually useful as he has been sending the programmes, I’ve been staying in isolation at Goa Cricket Indoor facility, I’ve spent a variety of time with my household, it’s a privilege to be at house for this lengthy.”
The Girls’s 50-over World Cup is slated to be performed in New Zealand subsequent yr and Shikha opined that the crew would ensure that everyone seems to be within the peak of their health after they get again to the sector once more.
“I can’t actually assess the time I’ll require to get again into form, I’ve been doing my conditioning classes and I’ve stored them as a high precedence, I’ve been doing the whole lot to be in one of the best form potential. I’m hopeful that we’ve the 2021 World Cup subsequent yr on time,” Shikha mentioned.
“I’m actually wanting ahead to it, once we get again to the sector we’ll ensure that we’re at peak of our health, we’ll ensure that we’re mentally and bodily match,” she added.
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