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How the India Women’s cricket team is gaining nationwide popularity

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

For a long time, men’s cricket has dominated the Indian cricket landscape. India have a storied history in international cricket, and it was in 2005 that India played its first Women’s Cricket World Cup final against Australia. However, coverage and viewership was minimal.

In 2017, when India returned to the Women’s World Cup final, the Women in Blue received plenty of support and encouragement and the sport has given rise to many new heroes, making them household names.

The revolution in Indian women’s cricket

The 2017 World Cup marked a breakthrough event, with the India women’s players becoming national sensations when they reached the final.

Their popularity only intensified after they reached the 2020 T20 World Cup final. Women’s cricket has already created a separate identity.

The India women’s cricket team has always shown a lot of passion and determination throughout their journey. Though there have been some costly losses, there have also been some special moments where the players have put on extraordinary performances and made India proud.

During the 2022 Commonwealth Games, there was an amazing reaction on social media as soon as India qualified for the gold medal match. Not only India but in fact the entire world showed great support and encouragement.

India made a significant statement by reaching the CWG finals but lost to Australia and had to settle for silver. However, the team played amazingly well against Pakistan and England, defeating them to secure a medal, and pushed Australia close, losing by just nine runs.

This is their third major final defeat in the last five years, and their second in heartbreaking fashion; they lost the 2017 Women’s ODI World Cup final to England by the same margin of nine runs.

On the positive side, exceptional performances by Renuka Thakur and Jemimah Rodrigues helped them climb up in the ICC T20I player rankings. Thakur has moved into the top 20 after taking 11 wickets in the tournament, while Jemimah Rodrigues notched 146 runs in the Birmingham event, enabling her to return to the top 10.

But it is not just the players taking a leap forward but also the Indian audience that is changing. The future of women’s cricket in India seems bright, with the team performing well for some time.

The debut of women’s cricket at the Commonwealth Games 2022 has given a great push to the game.

We at Betting Bonus India, the home of online betting bonuses in India, wish the Indian Women’s team a big congratulations. They have made India proud by bringing home the silver and we wish them luck for all their future endeavours.

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