The Australia Women vs India Women multi-format series ended 11-5 in the favour of the hosts but the scoreline eventually flattered the Aussies. The series was way more competitive than what the scoreline suggests and luck was on the side of the hosts as there were fine margins in every match contested between the two nations in this series.
Here we are looking at the top five talking points from the Australia Women vs Indian Women multi-series format.
WEATHER GODS WERE NOT IN A FAVOURABLE MOOD TO INDIA
The Test match in this multi-format series was the one with the most allocated points. There is no questioning the fact that India were on top of this Test match right from the start and were superior on every day of the match. Had the rain stayed away for just some time, the team might well have pulled off a historic win in their first-ever Pink-ball Test.
A similar thing happened in the first T20I as well. The team took the momentum from the Test to the T20I series and started the first T20I on the front foot. They were 131/4 after 15.2 overs and were looking well on course for a mammoth first innings total. Sadly that wasn’t to happen for India as rain intervened yet again and the match was called off. Had these two wins gone in India’s favour the team would have backed itself to get the series win.
AUSTRALIA WON THE KEY MOMENTS IN THE SERIES
Whether it was a tight no-ball call in the second ODI or keeping their nerves in the chase in the second T20I, Team Australia showed why they are number one in Women’s cricket. They had the experience and winning mentality in the squad to get the job done. Their unbeaten streak might have ended this series but there were plenty of positives to take from this series for the Aussies. They wanted a real test in their own backyard and the Indian team proved to be exactly that. Not to forget that the Aussies were without some key players in Megan Schutt, Jess Jonassen and Rachael Haynes only appearing twice due to injury. But they coped really well with these injuries and got some real stars in Tahlia McGrath and Annabel Sutherland. Ellyse Perry re-discovering her form is also a major boost for the Australian team.
SHIKHA PANDEY DELIVERS A JAFFER
Shikha Pandey had a point to prove after being left out in the ODIs and the one-off Test match. She came back like the champion bowler she is. She delivered an absolute cracker of a delivery to Australian opener Alyssa Healey in the second T20I. Some described it as one of the balls of the century while many couldn’t get enough of it on social media. Shikha seemed to have enjoyed that herself as she was pumped in her celebrations and why wouldn’t you be if you can make the ball move that way. Just incredible!
INDIA FOUND SOME DECENT FAST BOWLING RESERVES
India Women’s head coach Ramesh Powar felt after the England series that there wasn’t enough support for Jhulan Goswami in the pace bowling department and it was one of the key areas the team needed to strengthen before the 2022 World Cup.
The emphasis was on finding these fast bowlers in this series and the team have found some gems on this tour. Meghna Singh, Pooja Vastrakar, Shikha Pandey and Renuka Singh have all performed well in this multi-format series and it bodes well for India’s World Cup prospects in 2022.
TAHLIA MCGRATH IS YOUR PLAYER OF THE SERIES
We saw some remarkable all-round displays throughout this series but none were better than Tahlia McGrath. She is a prime example of someone who was introduced to international cricket at a time when she probably wasn’t ready to perform at the highest level. She went back and performed remarkably well in the domestic circuit especially in the Women’s Big Bash League and has come back to international cricket as a finished article. For her exploits throughout the series, she was rightly awarded the Player of the series award.
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