Fearless

first_imgIndian batswoman Har­manpreet Kaur made the cricket ball sail over the boundary like a six-hitting machine in the crucial semi-finals of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup against the Aussies in 2017. India lost the cup, but the team won the billion-odd hearts of a cricket-crazy nation. The untold stories,Indian batswoman Har­manpreet Kaur made the cricket ball sail over the boundary like a six-hitting machine in the crucial semi-finals of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup against the Aussies in 2017. India lost the cup, but the team won the billion-odd hearts of a cricket-crazy nation. The untold stories that led to that triumph-the endless struggle of women’s cricket in India, right from its origin and through the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s-are captured in veteran sports journalist Suprita Das’s superbly documented new book. Photo: Jan Kruger-Idi/Getty ImagesWith telling details, Das builds an inspiring narrative that reads like it was written by a dressing room insider, if women cricketers can lay claim to such an animal, considering dressing rooms are earmarked for men. The book upholds the free and fearless spirit of women who battled on and off the pitch, against discrimination, gender-based pay gaps and the sheer indifference of administrators, playing the game as fearlessly as a batsman awarded a “free hit”.last_img

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