Mithali Raj, former captain of the Indian women’s cricket team, has praised the standard of cricket displayed at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023. As the tournament reaches its climax with just one finalist left to be decided, Raj expressed her admiration for the growth of women’s cricket as showcased in the group stages.
The defending champions Australia booked their spot in the final with a five-run win over India in the first semi-final. They will face either England or South Africa, who are set to play in the second semi-final.
Raj emphasized the importance of having two and three-dimensional players in every team and said that players with only one side to their game are not as desirable in today’s game. She singled out Australian skipper Meg Lanning and Indian vice-captain Smriti Mandhana for their exceptional batting skills and said that the tournament provided a good opportunity for other players to develop their skills.
Raj also expressed her excitement about the future of women’s cricket and the next two T20 World Cups. She predicted that the standard of play will continue to rise, and praised the international emergence of players like Alice Capsey from England, Richa Ghosh from India, and Renuka Thakur, who only joined the side last year.