Indian Women’s team recently lost the Tri-series final against Australia by 11 runs at Junction Oval in Melbourne. A game that was always in India’s control, the Women’s team conceded advantage and failed to close down the match in the final stages of the encounter.
As a result, former India skipper Diana Edulji expressed her disappointment after the India eves failed to capitalize the match situation even after being in a position of strength. India lost way after tqoquick wickets of Smriti Mandhana and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur.
Diana, who was a member of the now-defunct Committee of Administrator (CoA), highly criticised the Indian team for their lazy approach on the field.
As a former player, she was highly unimpressed on India’s lack of intent in running between the wickets. “They are so lazy that they never try for a second. These are the things that make all the difference. It is a single or a boundary, there is nothing in between,” Edulji said.
Diana also had her say on Kaur continuing as India’s skipper and opines on her quitting the job. She reckons that captaincy is barring her from giving her best to the team.
“Both Harmanpreet and Jemimah need to pull up their socks. Maybe Harman should give up captaincy and play her natural game. Something seems to be troubling her. But who else takes over then? If Smriti is handed captaincy, it might affect her batting too,” Edulji was quoted as saying in ESPNcricinfo.
Edulji, who played 20 Tests and 34 ODIs for India, was of the view that the Indian team is a quality side, which can take on any opposition on their given day. However, at the same time, she expressed her concerns over the inconsistency exhibited by the team, just like losing the tri-series final from a winning position.
“There is something wrong with this team. This is a team which can win every game and it does win from an unlikely situation but the next game it is losing from a comfortable position like it did today. They are simply not consistent enough, “Edulji said in criticism directed towards the Women in Blue.
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