Women's WT20

Beautiful locales and cricket

dharamsala-stadium The picturesque HPCA stadium in Dharamasala
  • While a lot of good women's matches have gone down to the wire, there have not been many matches that can boast of scores in excess of 170-180. The slow nature of wickets have also made it difficult to hit the ball long.

While playing for Delhi, I had the opportunity of playing at the picturesque Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association stadium in Dharamsala twice. And twice, I have missed.

It was logistically difficult to get to Dharamsala and then return the next day to play at Jammu, the next venue, and on another occasion, at Amritsar. On both the occasions, the match was relocated to Una.

But earlier this week, I finally got the opportunity to witness the lush green outfield and the beautiful surrounding of Dharamsala. Not often do you see a cricket match being played in broad daylight against snow-covered peaks in the background. The crowd cheering for every run makes it an even more beautiful setting.

If that was something to cheer for, then imagine getting to the Dalai Lama temple to experience the calmness of the place. It is an experience that cannot be explained, but should be felt. And it gets enhanced to the maximum, when you get to meet the Dalai Lama in person.

Yes, his charm, his wisdom and his positivity can leave you wanting to stay longer and just soak in the moment.

“Train your mind to achieve the desired success”—his words just got etched in the memory that moment. The calmness on the face of the idol of Budha in the temple has an appeal that should not be missed.

This World Twenty20 gives me the opportunity to travel to different venues and commentate. A feeling does arise that somehow the event has not really caught on to the locals. Yes, every city wants an Indian men’s match to happen in their backyard. But that cannot be made possible in one tournament.

While a lot of good women's matches have gone down to the wire, there have not been many matches that can boast of scores in excess of 170-180, which the audiences have begun to associate with. Mumbai is the only venue that has had two matches of 200 plus scores being scored.

The slow nature of wickets have also made it difficult to hit the ball long. Bowlers have had more to say than the batsmen in this tournament so far.

The Indian women’s team missed another day of making a big impact by conceding to the 2009 world T20 champions England. It was a low-scoring match that went down to the penultimate over, but 20 runs too less allowed the English women to hold their nerves better in a crucial encounter.

With two losses in three matches till now, the road to semi-finals for the Indian women looks bleak. The last group match is against the West-Indies women and surely the Mithali Raj-led side would be keen for some redemption.

The author is a former captain of Indian Women's cricket team and a Padma Shri. She tweets @chopraanjum

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