Tuesday, 19 February 2013

My finding of the woman's world cup


The latest woman's cricket world cup has ended, and to most people it has not made an impact on their minds at all. This is a real shame as it was the most promoted woman's world cup in history, with heavy advertising in both England and India. Saying that for the people that did watch, the competition levels seemed to have improved since the last tournament.

For those people who do not know what happened Australia were crowned champions for the sixth time. The other two power nations of woman's cricket England and New Zealand finished third and fourth respectively. West Indies, Australia's opponents in the final showed their inconsistent nature in the tournament. It seems that the batting relied too much on the explosive Deandra Dottin. 

Dottin has to be one of the players of the tournament for me, she showed great power smashing many sixes. Australia's Lisa Sthalekar seemed to have great control of her bowling, making her hard to play. The standard of fielding in this competition also came at a surprise, with most teams being pretty good. Another surprise was the rise of Sri Lanka, they qualified out of their group for the first time. 

India the hosts seemed to be playing with a lot of pressure, in particular they needed to score 253 runs against Sri Lanka. The girls did not have a clue how to approach this, they knew they didn't have to win, but had to make the run rate. The Indian team did not take singles when they were on offer and decided to leave full tosses alone. There has been a lot of talk about the BCCI not caring about their woman's team, it would surprise me if they do not get enough funding. 

England the raining champions were good, but not as good as usual. They did come top of their group but a nail biting two run defeat to Australia in the super sixes probably cost them a place in the final.

A little disappointment of the competition was that other than Sky Sports and BBC radio the other media outlets barely mentioned this tournament. If the standard of cricket carries on improving at the same rate, I do not see why there will not be more interest in the next one.

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