For a significant duration, Indian Women’s Cricket faced neglect, lacking viewership and support from the BCCI. However, the tide has turned, and Women’s cricket is now embraced by the masses, with players receiving salaries equal to their male counterparts in Team India. The year 2023 holds special significance for the Indian Women’s Cricket Team, with noteworthy achievements.

The year 2023 kicked off with a bang on January 29th when the U-19 Indian women’s cricket team emerged victorious at the inaugural U-19 Women’s T20 World Cup, defeating England at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom by 7 wickets. The entire nation, just like us, celebrated this remarkable win.

The significance of January goes beyond this triumph. On the 17th of January, the BCCI revealed the franchise names for the Women’s Indian Premier League (WIPL). It’s worth noting that the announcement for WIPL was initially made in 2022 by Sourav Ganguly, who was the BCCI president at the time. The league featured five teams – Delhi Capitals, Gujarat Giants, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and UP Warriorz. Mumbai Indians claimed the inaugural title of the league.

February was made special by the senior Women’s Cricket Team of India as they participated in the T20 World Cup in February 2023. Despite Australia ultimately winning the cup, the Indian team put up a commendable fight. Notably, they faced these challenges without the guidance of a head coach. The team navigated the T20 World Cup in February, the Asian Games in September, and various bilateral series without coaching staff leadership. Despite these circumstances, they persevered, securing a place in the semi-finals.

Following these major events, March held considerable significance for the Indian Women’s Cricket Team, as it marked the commencement of WIPL from March 4 to March 26, 2023. The league featured 22 matches, all hosted at Brabourne Stadium and DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai. During the inaugural season, tickets were made freely available to women, contributing to the increased value and popularity of the players. Notably, impactful signings included Smriti Mandhana by Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 3.40 crore and Sciver-Brunt joining Mumbai Indians for Rs 3.20 crore. The league concluded on March 26, 2023, receiving overwhelming love from netizens.

Continuing to surprise fans, the Women’s Cricket Team of India, following their impressive performance in the T20 World Cup and WIPL, secured their maiden gold in the Asian Games 2023. They achieved this historic feat by defeating Sri Lanka by 19 runs in the final. This accomplishment gained significance as cricket was reintroduced to the Asian Games in 2023 after its absence since 2010.

The team’s consecutive successes compelled the BCCI to acknowledge and support them appropriately. On September 27, 2023, BCCI secretary Jay Shah, via a social media post, announced that “@BCCIWomen cricketers will be remunerated at the same match fee as their male counterparts: Test (INR 15 lakhs), ODI (INR 6 lakhs), T20I (INR 3 lakhs).” Jay Shah labeled this move as the “first step towards tackling discrimination.”

The winning streak of the Indian Women’s Cricket Team continues, as they secured a dominant victory against England in the Test Series, winning by a margin of 347 runs. Dipti Sharma’s outstanding performance earned her the title of Player of the Match. As a bowler, she recorded figures of 8-2-32-4. Notably, as an all-rounder, Dipti also contributed 67 runs with the bat for the team. Another standout bowler, Pooja Vastrakar, secured figures of 4-1-23-3. Harmanpreet, the star batter of the team, played a crucial role by scoring an unbeaten 44 runs.

This Test Series marked a significant milestone as the team’s first-ever in this format. Building on this success, they continued their formidable performance in December against Australia with the same level of determination and intensity.

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The formidable female contingent of India is demonstrating remarkable resilience, showcasing their capabilities on the global stage daily. Stay engaged by watching their matches, cheering for them, and staying updated with timely sports news on sprintersgames.in & sprinters.news.