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Women's cricket in Muscat creates a buzz

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Shillpi A Singh

India’s loss to West Indies in the World T20 semi-finals was a
heart-breaking news for cricket-crazy fans across the world.
While the men, mostly Indians, settled in Muttrah, Muscat, chose to
sulk, completely devastated by the news of India’s premature exit from
the tournament, their better halves did the unthinkable. The motley
crew of women, hailing from different states in India, belonging to
different age groups and coming from varied career backgrounds,
organised a T20 cricket match in 10 days flat. The game was held to a
packed house on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at the local ground in
Muttrah.
Muscat Woman Cricket: Images © Ali Guraiffi & Sarthak SinghThe ladies didn’t have enough time on their hands. The legwork for the
cricket match started with converting the empty land in the
neighbourhood where kids played in the evening into a cricket field.
The two teams were named Scorpions and Tigers and a draw of lots
selected the team-mates. The Scorpions were captained by Shabana Haris
while Mayaja Harish led the Tigers. The net practise for the team
members was next most important thing on the agenda. “Practice makes a
man perfect. It was indispensable to get the hang of bat and ball for
a good show on the D-Day,” said Sunita Singh, a member of Team
Scorpions, adding, “The ladies took time out of their busy schedules
and showed up at the practice sessions without fail.” The ladies had a
hard task master in the form of their children. Like obedient
students, mothers were left with no choice but follow the batting and
bowling tips shared by their children and practise daily under their
watchful eyes.

Muscat ladies: Images © Ali Guraiffi & Sarthak Singh


Once the teams were in place, the next thing to do was finalise the
dress code for the match. It was T-Shirts, white for the Scorpions and
Red for the Tigers, to be worn with black track pants.
They even managed to arrange for two altruist sponsors who give away
prizes to the winning team, and also to the participants. The ladies
had contributed 2.5 Rials each, of which they spent 32 Rials on the
Trophy and 10 Rials on engaging cleaners for the event; the remaining
amount they will be returned to the participants.
On that sunny Saturday afternoon, when the teams assembled on the
ground, little did they realise that it would be an affair to remember
for the players and spectators alike. The Tigers won the Toss and
Scorpions batted first, setting a target of 88 runs for their
opponent. The Tigers chased this score and won the match by six
wickets.

Muscat ladies: Images © Ali Guraiffi & Sarthak Singh
The all-woman cricket match had Aslam and Suneer gracing the event as
Umpires while Siddhartha Sharma and Rohit Gupta took care of
commentary.

It was a sight to behold as the ladies were huffing and puffing on the
ground, busy running between the wickets to score runs or bowling and
fielding, while their husbands, with children in tow, chose to stand
happily in the sweltering heat, dutifully cheering for their wives’
team.

And mind you all these women had never played cricket before; it was their maiden outing, and they have bowled over one and all with their power-packed performance. Way to go ladies!

The author can be contacted at shilpi.devsingh@gmail.com

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9 Best Innings by Yuvraj Singh in One-day Cricket

The all-round Punjabi cricketer who made through everything from cancer to full-pressure innings

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The cricketer survives through cancer and came back shining. Wikimedia commons
  • Yuvraj hit 6 sixes off 6 balls in a match with England.
  • He was the Man of the series in an ODI series against Pakistan in 2006.
  • The cricketer has fought and survived cancer.

Yuvraj Singh, a cricketer who plays all forms of the game. He is an all-rounder, left-handed batsman, and slow left-arm orthodox bowler. The cricketer was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in 2011 in his left lung, he underwent a chemotherapy. After a break of almost a year, he made his international comeback in a Twenty20 match in September 2012.

He was many achievements to his name including that of Padma Shri Award and Arjuna Award. The Test of My Life: From Cricket to Cancer and Back is his autobiography.

Also Read: Cricket- A Fair Game or Farce!

Here are 9 best inning by Yuvraj Singh in One-day Cricket:

1. 139 vs Australia

He was playing the seventh match of VB series in Sydney on 22nd January 2004. In one of his finest efforts, he scored a 139 against Australia. Though India lost the match, but Yuvraj Singh did prove that he possessed match-winning capabilities.

2. 107 vs Pakistan

It was a five-match ODI series against Pakistan in March 2006. India’s target was 286, which was quite competitive as Pakistan was playing for pride. However, Yuvraj Singh along with M.S. Dhoni led India to an easy victory. India won the series by 4 to 1. Yuvraj had an unbeaten score of 107 off 93 balls. He was named Man of the Match and also Man of the series.

The Punjabi player slayed England when he shot 6 sixes of an over. Wikimedia commons
The Punjabi player slew England when he shot 6 sixes off an over. Wikimedia Commons

3. 103 vs South Africa

Another five-match ODI series, this time with South Africa in 2005. Though India lost this match by 5 wickets, Yuvraj Singh had scored 103 off 122 balls, it included 10 boundaries, out which 3 were sixes. He scored this century when the top batting order had failed. Singh had scored three centuries in that series, all three under pressure.

4. 110 vs West Indies

He was the playing in the sixth match of the Indian Oil Cup in Colombo on 7th August 2005. Yuvraj Singh is remembered for this match due to his angry gestures and annoyance at coach Greg Chappell’s criticism of his batting. He had steadied the score to 262 with 110 after the top order failed. India won the match by 7 runs.

5. 118 and 4/28 vs England

He picked four important wickets in this match, which included Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen. On 17th November 2008, it was the second ODI between India and England at Indore. He contribution was 118 to a 292 total score. India won the match by 54 runs.

Yuvraj Singh plays all forms of Cricket, he is an all-rounder. Wikimedia commons
Yuvraj Singh plays all forms of Cricket, he is an all-rounder. Wikimedia Commons

6. 58 vs England

This was the grand record-making match. It was in this match that Yuvraj hit 6 sixes off 6 balls. He scored 58 runs off 16 balls during the Super Eights match between England and Indian during ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Championship. India had won the game by 18 runs.

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7. 70 vs Australia

Semi Final match between India and Australia of the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup. In this match, the hits flowed off his bat in torrents and piloted India to a magnificent 188 in 20 overs. Yuvraj underlined his importance with a catch which sent back the dangerous Mike Hussey. India won the match by 15 runs.

8. 2/44 and 57 vs Australia

This was Ricky Ponting’s last match. The quarter-final match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 between India and Australia. He guided his team to a competitive total of 260. But Yuvraj foiled his plans with an all-around performance. He sent Brad Haddin and Michael Clarke to the pavilion and also scored a vital half-century which resulted in India’s unforgettable win.

The Test of My Life is Yuvraj Singh's autobiography. Wikimedia commons
The Test of My Life is Yuvraj Singh’s autobiography. Wikimedia Commons

9. 69 vs England

This was a time when India had consequently lost 9 one-day finals. England gave a heavy target of 326. India lost 5 wickets after the 1 wicket got off. When Tendulkar fell, many switched off their televisions as he went back to pavilion. However, there were two men still standing on the crease. Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif made a marvellous partnership that led to India winning the match. This was the match in after which Saurav Ganguly took off his shirt at Lord’s.