A few weeks back, Indian cricket fans across the world were disappointed by the loss to Pakistan. However, they now have reason to rejoice, as the Indian women in blue, beat the Pakistan team by 95 runs at the Women’s World Cup being held in England. While it was a complete team effort, the performances by Ekta Bisht, Jhulan Goswami and Sushma Verma ensured that the team registered its third consecutive victory (after defeating hosts England, and current champions West Indies). With this, India now has full six points from three games and is at the top of the table, thus all set to reach the semifinals in style.
Many celebrities congratulated the girls on the splendid victory.
T 2473 – Congratulations INDIA Women’s Cricket team for your most convincing win ..!! May you continue to prosper and bring greater glory !! pic.twitter.com/2vPoKZ3l2H
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 2, 2017
— Sonakshi Sinha (@sonakshisinha) July 2, 2017
Many congratulations to the womens Indian cricket team. You make us all very proud. Jai hind!!! 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳
— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) July 3, 2017
We had earlier written about the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, being highly broadcasted, in a dedicated effort by the ICC to promote women’s cricket. We are thrilled that our women have put up stellar performances, and are proud that despite all the social and cultural stigmas associated with Indian women in sports, they have managed to reach great heights. The encouragement by celebrities and popular personalities, will go a long way in bringing the girls’ performance in the limelight. What is also interesting is that, due to the extensive coverage across television channels and involvement of cricket experts, the focus has been primarily on the sport, rather than on the gender of the sportspersons. This shift in attitude is sure to change perceptions and break stereotypes.
At Centre for Social Research, we firmly believe that sports is an extremely effective way to empower women. We are really proud of all our sportswomen, for fighting obstacles (administrative and social), to truly set wonderful examples for girls across the country. Our luck and support with the girls to break all barriers and emerge victorious in the patriarchial world of sports!