Sometimes, you ought to let your performance do the talking in order to get noticed. Gone are the days when women’s cricket was more like a slower version of the men’s game. The game is now fast-paced and competitive and with time it will improve further making the case for a full-fledged IPL a very strong one. Here are a few reasons why women’s IPL need to start sooner than later.
Quality of bowling: Be it Sophie Ecclestone or Radha Yadav or Rajeshwari Gaekwad the spin bowling on view was of the very highest standard in the women’s T20 matches. The kind of bowling displayed by a few women cricketers would give quite a competition to men.
Standard of batting: Devine, Harmanpreet and Smriti Mandhana have all hit sixes close to or more than 70 meters, hits that would have cleared the rope in most men’s IPL contests. Smriti’s strokes on the offside were reminiscent of Sourav Ganguly’s class while Harman’s assault against Jhulan Goswami in the last over of the first match was much like MS Dhoni’s attack against Umesh Yadav.
Encouragement for future generation: Indian women’s cricket sensation believes that for the future generation of cricketers this would be a huge development. It serves as an aspiration for each of them. All of a sudden they will have something seriously good to look up to. A women’s IPL means a lot many more opportunities. There is recognition, television broadcast, the chance to play with the very best in the world and of course the monetary rewards that follow.
The women’s Big Bash has only grown bigger and better and more and more players are getting attracted to the game. A full-fledged IPL will only help this development and speed things up.
The time is absolutely ripe for the women’s IPL!