It was full of excitement, drama endurance, patience, and sustenance in the one-off test match played at Bristol. The perfect way to promote Test cricket that provided boards with enough reasons to hold women’s tests more frequently.
It took India seven years before they were in a position to display their determination and grit in the most lengthy format. And they did it with odds placed against them, both in terms of training and match-time because of the epidemic.
The first 71 seasons of international women’s cricket tests with multiple games were typical. What has changed? Simply put, it was the players who run the game that has changed.
Since 2005 the year 2005, when the ICC assumed the management of international women’s cricket just 15 Tests were played. This longest form of cricket has been lost in the mass of ODIs as well as T20s. However, calls for its elimination are perhaps never more as loud or more urgent than today.
It is believed that the IWCC (International Women’s Council) is a body that is manned by female administrators, mostly ex-players, and responsible for its Future Tours Programme surveyed in the year 2000, five years before the merger. It revealed that all nations expressed support for a mixture of one-day and Test cricket” The Women’s Cricket Association of India considered that without Tests women’s cricket would be viewed as lacking Test players, and the game would be weakened.
Since 2005, the main argument pushed by many boards is that the focus should be on shorter formats. Women’s Test cricket is costly and offers only a small financial benefit.
If you take a look back to the time you will find that the Indian females’ first victory in a Test was played in front of thousands of spectators when they played West Indies at Patna in 1976. Yes, that was a woman from India playing Test cricket.
Test cricket is believed to be the most prestigious form of cricket and is the most prestigious in all forms. Every cricketer hopes to play at least one Test game for their country.
Tests for Women and Men They are so different and yet very similar
The Indian women’s cricket team, as well as Test cricket, are two words you don’t often have to connect in a sentence due to the absence of internationals played on a four-day basis that India or, in the case of any other team from the world, play.
However, players must play more overs per hour into the women’s match than in men’s game: 17 instead of 15. So an entire day of playing in a women’s test match will have 100 overs as opposed to the 90 we’re likely to play in the men’s match.
The field of cricket also has smaller dimensions for the women’s sport. The boundaries have to remain between the 55 to 70-yard mark (50.29 or 64.01m) as opposed to the 65-90 yard range (59.44 between 59.44 and 82.30m) needed in the Tests for men. Since the game can only be played for four days, the number of games required to ensure the following-on rule is 150 50, which is about 50 less than the number required for men.
The reason why it is rated so high by both players and fans alike is since the format, as the name implies, is regarded as the “real test” of cricket. Players must bring their best game because the format tests their skills and their grit as the game runs over 5 days for men and 4 days for females. The international cricket format is more demanding than others.
It is a game that can be played with whites is quite like the real world. There is an opportunity to play again or bowl or bat regardless of your performance. Every day you need to look a bit deeper, push yourself to the limit, and begin all over again beginning with ball 1.
Sometimes, you need to score quickly or defend your team to keep it in the game. In certain situations, you are prone to let your mind relax but at other times, you are trying too hard to score wickets. There are also some of the most bizarre field positions in this form.
The format is, however, appears to be losing appeal in both the spectators and the players because the lengthy format results in exhaustion for players and, at the same time, it could become boring for spectators.
Women’s Tests – dying format?
Test cricket is no different for the women’s sport as well and there are only Australia as well as England taking part in an international cricket match (as part of the highly-coveted Ashes) often.
There is no other women’s team that has performed as consistently as they have in the past, as well as the only time India played a red-ball game (before Bristol coming back) was back in 2014 when they played South Africa at Mysore. India won that match by 34 runs and an innings and had Thirush Kamini (192) and Punam Raut (130) taking the lead using the bat, and then being followed by a disciplined performance by the bowling team.
As time has passed the enthusiasm to play Tests has waned due to the sheer fun shorter formats, specifically, the T20s can provide to the spectators. Therefore, there has been an overall decrease in test games that the women’s cricket team has played in the decade between 2010 and.
Since playing at minimum 8 matches per decade until the late 1970s, their team played just two matches in the decade of 2010. In total, they’ve played 37 Tests and won 5 times and lost 6 times, and 26 of them have been drawn. However, the veterans such as Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami and Jhulan Goswami, who both made their debuts as Test players in 2002, have played 11 Tests despite being in the game for more than 20 years.