It was day one of the historic pink ball test between the Indian Women’s Cricket Team and Australia in Gold Coast, but the incident made the headlines far more than the match itself. Perhaps, we don’t often see these days that despite the referee shaking her head, the batter decided to walk because she knew she had had a slight tickle.
India Women’s Team No.3 in Tests and ODI, Punam Raut, who turned 32 on Thursday, October 14, left when left-arm spinner Sophie Molineux’s ball took a weak edge in her gloves in the gloves of goalkeeper Alyssa Healy. Molineux calls, the referee shakes his head but to everyone’s surprise, Raut heads for the locker room.
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“Did I do what I thought was right”
“It’s just a sport, if you have to compete you should do it the right way. In the middle there is every chance you can stay on the fold and cheat your way and compete but personally I think , there is no fun When you play the game with real spirit, it gives you complete satisfaction.
“The players in the dugout obviously weren’t happy when a batter came out and not everyone was happy with my decision, but I still did what I thought was right,” Punam Raut said. to TBEN in an exclusive conversation.
“I would have proven myself if I had had opportunities”
Raut was part of the Indian squad’s very first day and night test, but she didn’t come from much playing time. Before the test match, she last played in June against England in a ODI and one test and three national matches for the railroads before that, although she was in great shape this year.
Raut started the year on a thunderous pace with a century and two-fifty against South Africa in the ODI series of five home games, then a few half centuries of national cricket playing for the railroads in three games but just don’t have enough opportunities to capitalize on the same.
“I was very confident in the South African series, then the national series as well, two fifties in three games, but suddenly I only had one game in England (ODI), so I didn’t been able to prove myself there. Agar mujhe corresponds to milte na, the principal shayad proves to kar sakti that (If I had had playing time, I would have proven myself). “
Raut got an ODI to play in England, but she didn’t even get that in the recently concluded Australian series. She said she expected to have more chances, but management told her she wanted to try other players as well as the World Cup is on the horizon.
“The first heats gave me confidence for the second heats of the day-night test”
So not having played much in the preparation for the first pink ball test and having had a few net sessions was not ideal preparation, but Raut just wanted to hone her skills as much as she could and prepare herself for. so that she could stay in the line of the ball and play as close to the body as possible.
“The first innings were just about understanding the surface and acclimating to it, but I felt pretty comfortable in the second innings and was aware of all the situations, the bowlers, the surface and so on.
Raut played a 36-point harsh blow taking 165 balls when India crushed 377/8-d in the opening innings with rain and weather after being batted first. However, a very smooth Punam Raut was present in the second set as she played the situation and was able to play her shots well, time the ball and look very easy on the eyes, scoring 41 runs over 62 balls. She mentioned that the pink ball moved a lot more in the first 10-15 overs, but after the sparkle wore off it was easy to play.
Raut felt proud and lucky to be one of the XI members of India’s first day-night test and said that after a few hours playing a test match in the evening was pretty amazing, adding that they didn’t did not feel the exhaustion. and even after the day’s play were quite chilly due to the cooler temperatures.
“You need anchors in a match over 50”
In both rounds of the Test Match, Raut has shown that she can play both ways and depending on the situation, but over the past two years she has come under fire for her strike rate. However, she believes that is not a problem and that we should not focus on other teams and the way they conduct their business, but rather play according to our strengths.
“Day cricket is a long game, it’s not like T20 where you have to play over 100 strikes, you have to be resilient in games over 50. In an XI that plays there is five pure hitters, followed by 2- 3. Batters must take responsibility, if three people are playing aggressively, at least two must play the role of anchors and ensure the stability of the innings.
“The all-rounders have done well for us, but you can’t expect them to score 50-100 points in the last few overs. The top five hitters should play at least 40 overs because if everyone is playing well. too aggressive, the whole team will be eliminated in 30 overs. Pure hitters should consume the most overs, only then you can reach a score of 275-280 or even 300, “added the 32-year-old.
Raut may not have had many opportunities in the last ODI series, she was hoping her performance in the test match might have helped her see her name in the Game XI on their next mission when they will face New Zealand ahead of the World Cup in New Zealand. in March.
“We can win the World Cup”
The Indian team missed a few inches in the 2017 Women’s World Cup final against England, which sparked the interest of several cricket fans and broadcasters in women’s cricket. With the extension of the World Cup in four months, Raut believed he had the squad to win this time around, also given that the youngsters have proven themselves on the big stage.
“I am quite confident [about the team’s chances], considering the way our girls have performed and developed their game over time. The youngsters who have entered the squad have shown that they can win matches for India.
“Now a few of them are playing in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), which is a great platform for them. Playing alongside international stars, this experience will be good for them and Indian cricket. “she said. .