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The Indian Women Cricket team is led under the guidance of none other than Mithali Raj who is supremely talented 34 year old lady and has never put down her arms when it comes to facing up a challenge, she is the backbone of the Women Cricket Team.

 

 

The India women cricket team also known as Women in Blue represents the country of India in international women's cricket. One of eight teams competing in the ICC Women's Championship, the highest level of international women's cricket, the team is organized by the Board of Control for Cricket in India

 

 

HISTORY:

 

The British brought cricket to India in the early 1700s, with the first cricket match played in 1721. The first Indian cricket club was established by the Parsi community in Bombay, in 1848; the club played their first match against the Europeans in 1877. The first official Indian cricket team was formed in 1911 and toured England, where they played English county teams. The India team made their Test debut against England in 1932. Around the same time (1934), the first women's Test was played between England and Australia. However, women's cricket arrived in India much later; the Women's Cricket Association of India was formed in 1973. The Indian women's team played their first Test match in 1976, against the West Indies.

 

As part of the International Cricket Council's initiative to develop the Indian women cricket team, the Women's Cricket Association of India was merged with the Board of Control for Cricket in India in 2006.

 

ORIGIN AND FORMATION:

 

The India women cricket team also known as Women in Blue represents the country of India in international women's cricket. One of eight teams competing in the ICC Women's Championship, the highest level of international women's cricket, the team is organized by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

 

India women cricket team made its Test debut in 1976, against the West Indies, and its One Day International (ODI) debut at the 1978 World Cup, which it hosted. The team made the final of the 2005 World Cup, losing to Australia by 98 runs, and has made the semi-finals on three other occasions (in 1997, 2000, and 2009). India has also made the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 on two occasions (2009 and 2010), but is yet to progress any further in the tournament.

 

 

GOVERNING BODY:

 

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is the governing body for the Indian cricket team and first-class cricket in India. The Board has been operating since 1929 and represents India at the International Cricket Council. It is amongst the richest sporting organizations in the world. It sold media rights for India's matches from 2006–2010 for US$612,000,000. It manages the Indian team's sponsorships, its future tours and team selection.

 

The International Cricket Council determines India's upcoming matches through its future tours program.

 

 

Let us take a glance on the Career of those players who has reached out for a helping hand for the team to grow and has given their heart out on and off the field:-

 

 

MITHALI RAJ:

Raj has played both Test and One Day International cricket for Indian women cricket team. She made her One Day International debut in 1999 against Ireland at Milton Keynes and scored 114 runs without getting out in that match. She made her Test debut in the 2001-02 season against South Africa at Lucknow. On 17 August 2002, at the age of 19, in her third Test, she broke Karen Rolton's record of world’s highest individual Test score of 209*, scoring a new high of 214 against England in the second and final Test at County Ground, Taunton. The record has since been surpassed by Kiran Baluch of Pakistan who scored 242 against West Indies in March 2004.

 

She led the Indian national women Cricket team to the finals in the Women's Cricket World Cup of 2005 where the team lost to Australia. She is a part-time leg break bowler as well. She is a recipient of the Arjuna award for the year 2003. She currently tops the batting table with 703 ratings points. Her composure when at the crease and ability to score briskly make her a dangerous cricketer. In addition to her ability with the bat, Mithali rolls her arm over bowling leg-spinners and providing variety to the attack.

 

At the 2013 Women's World Cup, Mithali Raj starred as the No.1 Cricketer in the ODI chart among women. She scored 100s-1 and 50s-4 in Test cricket, 100s- 5 and 50s- 40 with best bowling of 3/4 in ODI's and 50s- 10 in T20's.

 

               

In February 2017, she became the second player to make 5,500 runs in WODIs. Raj most matches captained player for India in ODI and T20I.

 

 

JHULAN NISHIT GOSWAMI:

 

Jhulan Nishit Goswami, (born 25 November 1982 in Nadia, West Bengal, India) is an all-round cricketer who plays for the India national Indian women cricket team, Bengal Women, East Zone Women as well as the Asia Women XI women's cricket. On 1 February 2009, she was appointed to lead the team for the upcoming world cup.

 

An integral part of the team, Jhulan is noted for both her batting and bowling (right arm medium) capabilities. She has a Test bowling average of less than 20. In the 2006-07 season she guided the Indian team to first test series win in England.

 

She won the ICC Women's Player of the Year 2007 and the M.A. Chidambaram trophy for Best Women Cricketer in 2011. Recently she is no more the captain of the Indian Women's Cricket team. She is succeeded by Mitali Raj. Currently, she is first in ICC Women's ODI bowling rankings (January 2016). Currently she is the leading wicket taker (wicket-181) in the history of women ODI cricket.

Also she was the fastest playing bowler in world women cricket after Cathryn Fitzpatrick retired.

 

 

THIRUS KAMINI:

 

Thirushkamini started playing at the age of six when her father found her interest in cricket and is being coached by him ever since. She went on to represent Under 16 Tamil Nadu state at the age of 8 and represented senior state at the age of 10.

 

 When she was 15 she represented Under 21 Indian Women cricket team that toured Pakistan and won Woman of the Match. She went on to represent INDIA at the age of 16 and won the Woman of the Series in her debut tournament. In 2007, she won the Allan Border Gavaskar scholarship and got the opportunity to train at the Centre of Excellence, Brisbane, Australia.

 

Thirushkamini is the only woman cricketer to have won BCCI PLAYER OF THE YEAR on three occasions (2007-2008 Junior Player of the Year, 2009-2010 Senior Player of the Year, 2012-2013 Senior Player of the Year). She has scored a century against West Indies in Women's World Cup 2013. Thirushkamini overtook Mithali Raj's record for the highest run in a World Cup game by scoring a 100 from 146 balls in the first match of ICC Women's World Cup 2013 and became the first Indian Women to score a Century in World Cup. In 2014, Kamini scored 192 of 430 balls in the test match against South Africa which is the second best score by an Indian women and the highest score by an Indian opener. She recently scored her career best unbeaten 113 of 194 balls against Ireland Women at the ICC Women World Cup Qualifiers 2017 at Colombo, Sri Lanka and became the first Indian Women to score a century in the Qualifiers as well. She is currently a contracted BCCI Grade A player.

 

 

HARMANPREET KAUR:

 

She made her ODI debut at age of 20 against arch-rivals Pakistan women's in March 2009 in the 2009 Women's Cricket World Cup played at Bradman Oval, Bowral. In the match, she bowled 4 overs conceding 10 runs and also caught Armaan Khan off Amita Shrama.

 

She was named as Indian women's captain for the 2012 Indian Women cricket team of Twenty20 Asia Cup final, as captain Mithali Raj and Vice-captain Jhulan Goswami were out because of injuries. She made her debut as captain against Pakistan women's as India defended 81 runs thus won Asia Cup.

 

In March 2013, she was named ODI captain of India women's when Bangladesh women's toured in India. In the series, Kaur scored her second ODI century in 2nd ODI. Kaur finished the series 195 runs at average of 97.50 with a century and a fifty along with 2 wickets.

 

In June 2016, she became the first Indian cricketer to be signed by an overseas Twenty20 franchise. Sydney Thunder, the Women's Big Bash League champions, signed her for the 2016–17 season

 

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