Cricket is no longer gentleman's game

0:52                                            Lydia Greenway says England are in a transitional period but has seen positive signs from the team ahead of the ICC Wo

0:52 Lydia Greenway says England are in a transitional period but has seen positive signs from the team ahead of the ICC Wo

The Women in Blue were bowled out for 144 courtesy Jess Jonassen's five-wicket haul.

Smriti Mandhana replied with 66 from just 37 balls as India moved to within 41 runs of victory with 35 balls and seven wickets remaining.

Edulji, who was a part of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators, came down hard on skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and Jemimah Rodrigues, saying that the duo needs to up their game. These are the things that make all the difference. Something seems to be troubling her. "If Smriti is handed captaincy, it might affect her batting too".

Edulji also sounded unhappy about India's lazy approach and said their batters don't try to convert ones into twos.

Speaking on India's inconsistency amidst sparks of brilliance, Edulji said, "There is something wrong with this team". Edulji complained about the psyche of the team which led to India losing games from winning situations. "It is a single or a boundary, there is nothing in between", continued the 64-year old. They are simply not consistent enough.

Even though Mandhana topped the run-charts in the tri-series with a tally of 216, the rest of the line-up spluttered form, the want of fluency and consistency among the middle order in particular resulting in a league-stage defeat against England and Australia each, and then the chastening collapse in the final.

Three-time Belinda Clark Award victor Perry struggled with the bat as well, out for one as she was dismissed for the fifth time in the series. The efficacy of that strategy, though, was on view in the tri-series, where the spin attack pulled India back in the game on multiple occasions, the left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad even going on to topping the wicket-charts.

The Indian women's cricket team will look to kickstart their campaign at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women's T20 World Cup on a high note when they lock horns with hosts and four-time champions Australia in the opening match of the showpiece event on February 21 in Sydney.

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