England vs India women’s cricket update: Mithali Raj bowled for just 4, making only 6 runs for the match. India leads by 10 runs.
The ODI captain of the women’s national cricket team got her dismissal after she was bowled for 4 runs on June 19. Raj who took the advice of her senior players during her preparations scored 18 runs and faced 59 balls along with Harmanpreet Kaur.
According to reports, team India is only leading by 53 runs.
Cricketer Shefali Verma who made her Test debut drew praises globally for her acclaimed performance on Day 3. The 17-year-old’s performance was also claimed to be the “only silver lining” of the match by several netizens, showing flak on Raj and Kaur.
Several Indian cricket fans took to their Twitter accounts to express their anger at the cricketers who got bowled.
She played worse than debutants and the eleventh player..
But she is so much better than this.. I'm sure she's sad, but we are sadder than her.
Come good soon Mithali
— SandeshNarayan (@SandeshWrites) June 19, 2021
How long will these so called "legends" keep playing. Retire and let the youngsters take over. Look at how 17 year old Shefali Varma played.
— PRASHANTH HEBBAR (@PRASHANTHHR) June 19, 2021
On June 16, Raj, who has played just the 10 longest format matches in a career of 12 years so far shared how the entire team was making preparations for the test match that will be held after a 7-year long gap of test matches.
Raj said, “I have played lesser Tests than ODI and T20, I would have liked more Test matches. I wouldn’t really get down to thinking whether my game is evolved in this format, but the preparation has been very similar” at the match-eve virtual press conference.
Prior to the test match, Kaur revealed that she took advice from the veteran cricketer Ajinkya Rahane related to batting against swinging ball in England.
The test series occurring after a gap of seven years when they take on hosts England in a one-off game in Bristol did not provide the women’s team with enough time to practise. Regarding the same, Kaur expressed concerns in a prior press conference, however, she also assured that they would look to adapt to conditions as quickly as possible.
The 32-year-old cricketer who reportedly does not have much experience of playing red-ball and has played only two Test matches in her career further discussed her preparations for the test match that included spending time at the crease and playing according to the ball. However, her performance hasn’t met the expectations yet.