Fri. Oct 7th, 2022


Chanderkanta Aheer would have liked to be on the St. Lawrence floor in Canterbury on Wednesday afternoon. however prior commitments pressured her to look at the second women’s ODI between India and England on tv, sitting at her residence at Hounslow – which is barely simply a few hours away from the Canterbury floor.

As Harmanpreet Kaur went on a rampage with an unbeaten 143 and Renuka Singh Thakur bagged a 4-for to information India to a collection win in the direction of England, it was an emotional second for Aheer.

in any case, the final time India’s women’s staff clinched an away ODI collection in the direction of England in 1999, Aheer was the captain of the staff, and whereas watching Harmanpreet bat with elan, Aheer was usually reminded of her having fun with days. “i used to be glad to see Harman having fun with with confidence and main from the entrance. For simply a few moments, i assumed i used to be on the crease… it launched again so many recollections,” Aheer advised  Sportstar.

although she missed out on the second ODI, Aheer plans to go to The Lord’s on Saturday when India performs the ultimate sport in the direction of England. it is going to even be the farewell sport for India’s tempo ace Jhulan Goswami. whereas Aheer isn’t pretty sure if she would have the power to fulfill up with Jhulan after the sport, she expects one other fascinating efficiency from the women in Blue.

“Now that the collection is gained, there is a menace that the staff would possibly bench simply a few senior gamers and supplies youthful weapons an alternative, however even then, i might anticipate a superb match,” Aheer said. As she spoke about Harmanpreet, it took her to these mornings of 1999 when a gang of women would journey from one venue to a distinctive chasing their desires.

“issues had been fully completely different again then. We had a strong staff, with an best mix of youth and expertise, however our worldwide publicity was restricted. There was hardly any assist from the media and all of the fundamental focus could be on the lads’s staff. There could be instances as quickly as i might be jealous on the safety or the eye the lads’s staff obtained. however then, we simply focused on our sport as that was the one factor in our administration,” Aheer recollected.

again in these days, the Indian women’s staff would carry out underneath the aegis of women’s Cricket affiliation of India. there have been restricted assets and an best deal of challenges alongside the most interesting methodology – there have been no physios, no masseurs, no video analysts. “We simply had Sudha Shah as a consequence of the coach and Jyoti Joshi as a consequence of the supervisor. We had been proud of no matter little we had, however the gamers had the  jasba to carry out properly and we did not deal with the relaxation. That was all of the mindset,” Aheer said.

India gained the fundamental two ODIs, with Anjum Chopra slamming a century inside the second sport, serving to the staff create historic previous. as a consequence of the gamers celebrated their success, they had been simply pleased to be dwelling their desires. “We had been proud of simply Rs 18,000 as a consequence of for us, essential factor was to play cricket and overcoming challenges, we simply wished to play. lots of the gamers had jobs by then, so money was additionally not the fundamental subject,” she said.

as a consequence of the 1999 win, Indian women’s staff has toured England seven instances, collectively with the current tour, the place it is main the two-zero inside the three match collection.

Her staff-mate Purnima Rau, too, agrees with Aheer. A former all-rounder and an erstwhile coach, Rau now runs an pure farm in Mulugu – forty kilometres away from Hyderabad. however on that tour, Rau, too, performed a job in guiding India staff to a historic ODI collection win in the direction of England. She additionally claimed a 5-for inside the lone test, which resulted in a draw.

“Woh black and white tv ka zamana tha, abhi toh liquid crystal display ka zamana hai…” Rau said jokingly.

“On a critical word, these had been completely different instances. people did not know that we performed cricket, however then, we by no means took issues simple. i will always stay grateful to Anuradha Dutt, who was a lawyer and in addition the secretary of the women’s Cricket affiliation of India. There could be instances when Anu ma’am would pay from her pocket so as that we may journey and play video games. That was her dedication,” Rau said.

whereas the tour of England was one in every of many fundamental moments for the Indian women’s staff, in 1995, it defeated New Zealand and Australia to clinch the mannequin new Zealand women’s Centenary event. “That was definitely a sport-altering second for women’s cricket, however after that, our intention was to win in England. We had a strong staff and underneath Chander’s captaincy, the staff put of their most interesting efforts,” Rau said.

whereas the tour of 1999 noticed Anjum, Anju Jain, Rau in prime sort, it was additionally the debut tour for Mithali Raj. It was additionally the fundamental tour for Hemlata Kala. “again in these days, we did not have too many worldwide video games. Now, everytime you can have a look on the current crop of gamers, they’ve common publicity to worldwide cricket and that’s why the outcomes are exhibiting. In our instances, issues had been fully completely different,” Kala, who was the pinnacle of the women’s nationwide selection committee till 2020, said.

“For pretty simply a few gamers, that was the fundamental tour. It was an limitless second for us to win that collection, as a consequence of there would hardly be any overseas excursions.  Saalo baad kabhi kabhi overseas excursions milte the, so it was important to make alternatives rely. Now the BCCI has ensured that there is tons of publicity for the gamers,” she said.

At a time when the BCCI is planning to host the women’s IPL, the members of the 1999 batch and its coach Sudha Shah remembers the time when the women cricketers wished to hold in primary lodges with primary services. “again in these days, the staff was accompanied by the coach and supervisor. With no physio or masseurs round, we’d usually take assist from the completely different teams. A coach and a supervisor had been extra like guardians in these days. If a participant could be injured, we’d take her to the clinic, making sure that she obtained right remedy. It was extra like having fun with the function of a guardian,” Shah said.

Being the coach of the staff, Shah noticed the staff come a good distance. “We had some good teaching classes earlier to the tour, and the women had been terribly assured. Up in the direction of a sturdy England side, they performed to their potential,” Sudha said, “We can have additionally gained the test collection…”

When the staff returned from England, amongst the numerous gamers obtained warmth welcome from their respective centres. however with little or no media safety, not many knew about their heroics.

however the earlier gamers think about that the 2017 World Cup modified the ultimate notion about women’s cricket in India. The batch of 1999 additionally feels that extra worldwide publicity, extra services will assist Indian women’s cricket enhance extra. Onwards and upwards…



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