Packed Stadium For Indian Women's Team Proves That Women's Cricket Has Finally Come Of Age
When a cricket match is played in India, we are used to seeing packed stadiums and fans cheering the players on. But sadly is is something usually associated with men's cricket more often than not. So imagine the joy one feels when one sees a women's game get the same amount of response.
It was a T20I game between India and South Africa in Surat on September 24. Now remember, this was no final, just a normal match and yet the stands were full. It was a heartening sight to see as it proved that people were coming to watch women's games too. Women's cricket is slowly getting the recognition it deserves in India and such scenes are only helping the cause. In the past, we probably would never no if there was a women's match on. Now we get proper coverage and analysis just like the men's game.
Over 10 000 fans have turned out to watch the opening T20i between India and South Africa. Well done to the people of Surat for showing such great support for women’s cricket! Shout out to @BCCI for growing the game 🙌 #IndvSA#AlwaysRisingpic.twitter.com/vDcEGTzG9V— Kass Naidoo (@KassNaidoo) September 24, 2019
Commentator @chopraanjum captures the mood in Surat. It's a full house at Lalbhai Contractor Stadium.🏟️ #INDWvsSAW— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) September 24, 2019
Follow the game - https://t.co/QFRNkBAGt9pic.twitter.com/MhhfPRGLwv
Our ladies did not let us down either. It was a low-scoring game in the context of modern-day cricket, but it had the desired affect. India won by 11 runs to triumph over their rivals.
A winning start for India in Surat as they take a 1-0 lead over South Africa following an excellent effort from the bowlers. @Paytm#INDWvsSAW— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) September 24, 2019
Visit https://t.co/oYTlePLg27 for a visual recap and all match related videos. pic.twitter.com/AAkbMfs7oI
It was good to see thousands of people throng to the stadium and more such instances are needed to get the women's game on the same level. It's about time we spoke of Mithali Raj in the same vain as Sachin Tendulkar or Harmanpreet Kaur in the same tone as Virat Kohli. The journey is long and these are just baby steps, but then every ocean starts with one drop.