Monday, Jul 06, 2020 | Last Update : 05:14 PM IST

103rd Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra2000641080828671 Tamil Nadu107001605921450 Delhi97200682563004 Gujarat35398254141926 Uttar Pradesh2655418154773 Telangana2231211537288 Karnataka215499246335 West Bengal2123114166736 Rajasthan1975615663453 Andhra Pradesh186978422232 Haryana1669012493260 Madhya Pradesh1460411234598 Bihar11860876590 Assam11002674414 Odisha9070622446 Jammu and Kashmir82465143127 Punjab61094306162 Kerala5205304826 Chhatisgarh3161252614 Uttarakhand3093250242 Jharkhand2739203514 Goa16848256 Tripura155812021 Manipur13256670 Himachal Pradesh104871510 Puducherry94644814 Nagaland5782280 Chandigarh4663956 Arunachal Pradesh252751 Mizoram1601230 Sikkim101520 Meghalaya50421
  Opinion   Edit  12 Nov 2019  Women have come a long way

Women have come a long way

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Nov 12, 2019, 3:08 am IST
Updated : Nov 12, 2019, 3:08 am IST

Indian batswomen like Harmandeep Kaur showed that they are not all that much less than men in aggressive batting and playing the big strokes.

Shafali Verma (Photo: Twitter)
 Shafali Verma (Photo: Twitter)

You’ve come a long way, baby” — the slogan promoting women’s tennis used to scream in times past when a career in professional sport was a rarity for women. It’s different now. Women have not only broken the glass ceiling, but are competing in all spheres with guts and grit. For girls to play out in the sun in a conservative land obsessed with fair skin may have been a pipedream, but that was then. Indian girls now excel in sport and are deadly serious about their sporting careers.

Comparisons may be odious, but it’s to young Shafali Verma’s credit that she’s beaten her idol Sachin Tendulkar’s record, becoming the youngest Indian player to make a half century in world cricket. Much like the genius who conquered the cricket world in prodigious fashion, Shafali, at 15-plus, is reeling off big scores already, with quick scoring.

 

When Shafali pummelled West Indies bowlers at the Gros Islet in the Caribbean with well-timed boundary hits and lofted drives over the bowler’s head, she was just emphasising how far women have come. Modern bats are marvels of compressed wood that have the inbuilt capacity to send the cricket ball a long way, but it needs not only timing, flow and reflexes, but a certain fearlessness in taking the aerial route.

Indian batswomen like Harmandeep Kaur showed that they are not all that much less than men in aggressive batting and playing the big strokes. Shafali, from Haryana’s Rohtak, is a naturally hard hitter of the leather ball, and she makes us all proud Indian women are decoding cricket at a very young age, to sparkle on the international stage.

Tags: shafali verma, sachin tendulkar