Former captain Sourav Ganguly recently spoke highly of the notable progress made by women’s cricket in India. Speaking following the WPL Auction, Ganguly emphasized important elements including the creation of the Women’s Premier League, the existence of exceptional players like Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur, and the team’s remarkable international performances.
On Saturday, December 9, in Mumbai, the Women’s Premier League auction for the 2024 season came to an end. Thirty of the 165 players that were up for bid were purchased by teams. The WPL will return for its second iteration following the tournament’s overwhelming success in 2023. The Mumbai Indians, headed by Harmanpreet Kaur, won the competition in its inaugural year.
The former Indian skipper recently suggested that Women’s cricket has surpassed the progress seen in the men’s team since 2019.
“The progress that women’s cricket in India has made since 2019 is perhaps more than the men’s team. The men’s team has always been very, very good. But from where the women’s team was to where they went, from winning the Asia Cup, the way they played in the World Cups, then the Commonwealth Games,” Sourav Ganguly told Jio Cinema.
The Indian women’s cricket team has won the Women’s Asia Cup several times, giving them a stellar record in the competition. Their winning run began in 2004 and continued in the following editions: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, and 2016.
But in 2018, they finished second behind Bangladesh, who won the championship. The Indian squad recovered to win the 2022 edition, their seventh championship in this esteemed competition.
Additionally, the Indian women’s cricket squad created history in the 2022 Commonwealth Games. They won a silver medal, proving their strength on a global scale. The Indian women’s cricket team’s ascent was highlighted by their outstanding showing in the 2018 ODI Cricket World Cup, when they placed second in the esteemed competition.