2017 was a very eventful year for the Indian Women’s Cricket team. The team lost the World cup by just nine runs but won hearts of millions. It was the year where most of the Indians acknowledged that women can play cricket and celebrated them.
Overnight, the brave Indian women were recognised as sporting icons. The celebrations are long over.
In the new year Indian women will start their campaign in the domestic format with the Women’s Challenger Trophy. The 2017-18 edition is the eighth edition of challenger trophy. It will be played from 4 January to 8 January 2018 at Holkar Stadium, Indore.
The format of one-day matches is very simple for three team competition. It is round Robin in which every team will meet the other opponent and top two teams will fight in the final.
India A, India B and India Senior were the three teams that battled it out in the inaugural edition of the Challenger Trophy, in 2008-09 season.The following year the teams were renamed to Blue, Green and Red.Since season 2012-13 India green was made an Under-19 team.
In 2018 Indian Women’s team will play a lot of cricket for their earned prestige. For ICC Women’s Championship 2017-21 Indian team will play against South Africa in February. Indian team will host Australia in March and T20I tri-series involving India, Australia and England. After 2013 India will welcome England in April.
The eyeing event of the year will be 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in West Indies. Ahead of what seems like a packed international and domestic schedule, Challenger trophy will provide platform to fleet of female cricketers. This is the stage where senior’s are not allowed to make any mistakes as youngsters will be looking for international cricket.
The opportunity is one in kind as national selectors who are expected to fly down to Indore. The Blue and Red teams are packed with India internationals, and will be led by the Smriti Mandhana and the national captain Mithali Raj. Green, are the least experienced side on paper but with players like Punam Raut and Ekta Bisht they can make their own way.
It will be interesting see defending champions India Red clash India Blue the most successful team in the competition’s brief history.
India Blue: – Smriti Mandhana (C), Jhulan Goswami, Mona Meshram, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Vellaswamy Vanitha, Tanusree Sarkar, Taniya Bhatia(wk), Pooja Vastrakar, Neena Choudhary, Soni Yadav, Dayalan Hemalatha, Challuru Prathyushav, Radha Yadav
India Red: – Mithali Raj (C), Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma(wk), Poonam Yadav, Mansi Joshi, Sukanya Parida, Nishu Choudhary, Priyanka Priyadarshini, Neha Tanwar, Bharti Fulmali, Priya Punia, TP Kanwar, Manali Dakshini
India Green: – Anuja Patil (C), Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues, Shikha Pandey, Ekta Bisht, Adila Khanam, Devika Vaidya, Meghna Singh, Nuzhat Parween (wk), Monikha Das, Preeti Bose, Shannti Kumari, S Asha
4th January India Red vs India Blue
5th January India Green vs India Red
6th January India Blue vs India Green
Final on 8th January between top two teams.