Indians left licking their wounds as Ferns decimate India

Written by: Mamatha Maben
Published: Wednesday, December 20, 2000, 14:30 [IST]
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Bangalore: What a lop-sided affair it all turned out to be at the BIL Oval on Wednesday! The second semi-final between host New Zealand and India, which had received a very high billing - in fact talks of an upset victory for India were being floated around- came a cropper at the hands of the White Ferns (New Zealand).

No sooner had the match started India were looking down the barrel and were forced to play the catch-up game. Much of India's demise rests, squarely, with their inability for swift movement. With not many loose deliveries coming their way the ability to place and pinch away singles gains paramount significance.

However, the plea for the need to be super athletes in order to be able to successfully compete at the top has, for some incomprehensible reason, gone on deaf ears. But quite frankly speaking, one is not able to figure out if the issue is of deafness or dumbness. Well, it is anybody's guess!!

India's slackness was thoroughly exposed on a day when the Ferns held the mirror in India's face to make them see how disfigured their out-cricket was. Probably, subtly suggesting one not to make hefty claims to the crown without thoroughly weighing oneself.

The fact that India were unable to pinch singles led to a pressure situation which led to wickets tumbling and then one led to another, to eventually have them struggling, not to forget the four runouts.

Swiftness apart, Indians were brought down crashing to the ground when the Ferns undid them at their own trade. The ease with which the New Zealand batsmen handled the spin quartet must have come as a rude shock to the Indian dressing room. At times dancing down the aisle, at times swaying back to cut and at times delicately guiding the ball for singles, well, the Ferns displayed it all. This only goes to prove what professional approach can bring about.

Now that India have been jolted out of the tournament, I hope the concerned authorities sit down and sincerely come up with a vision, whereby, women's cricket in India will climb up the ladder of prosperity.

For years on end now the domestic circuit has gone to dogs, so to say. Unless and until things back home are restructured one cannot foresee women's cricket in India delivering the needful.

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