England all-rounder Sophia Dunkley wants more test matches in the women’s game, saying the three matches she has been part of since her debut in the longest format have all been exciting, despite the rain decreasing the chance of a result on a couple of occasions. Dunkley said in an exclusive conversation with NDTV that the kind of cricket recently featured in Women’s Tests shows how far the game has come and has also competed to increase the Women’s Tests to five days instead of four.
“I think I’d like to see more women’s tests because the tests I’ve played in have all been really exciting. They didn’t all bring results, but I think there were some really great bits of cricket in there, some really fun sessions,” he said. Dunkley to NDTV.
“To be fair, a lot of them have been affected by rain, so you might have had a result,” she added.
“But I think it just shows how far the women’s game has come and that we can put on a show and entertain. So yeah, it would be great to see some more test matches in the future,” said the 24-year-old.
“I think five days just gives you a better chance of a result. When you have things like rain and stuff that you can’t control, it’s pretty frustrating to play really hard for four days and not get that result.” said Dunkley. .
“So yeah, I think five days would be great for the game and I’m sure it would make for some exciting test matches.”
Dunkley was instrumental in England’s recent 2-1 win over India in the T20I series. She scored an unbeaten 61 in the first game and then 49 in the series decider.
“We talked about some of the different plans the Indian bowlers could have. Deepti Sharma is a very smart bowler, bowls well in the Powerplay. And Renuka bowled very well too. So yeah, every game we learned a little bit more and put some good plans in place,” she said of how England countered India’s bowlers.
“Of course India is very good at their spin attack, and how we fight that, I think we did that pretty well. I’m quite happy with how we handled it.”
In the series, the chasing side won all three games, but Dunkley felt that in the end it was the better team that won all three games.
“Sometimes I think in England, as a second batter, when the dew comes on it slides a little nicer so it can be more fun to hunt. But I think in all three games the dominant side probably won ,” she said.
“In the second match, we didn’t play at our best and India took advantage of that and came out and played really well. But I think you have to play against a team like India from ball 1. So yeah, we did. pretty good to the last game to come back and I just think the best match of the day really won,” she claimed.
And what about the women’s IPL proposed by the BCCI, which may start as early as next year?
“Very excited. It would be a great, great opportunity for the women’s game and give it a great platform,” Dunkley said.
“If you clearly see the men’s IPL and how successful that has been and how much has been followed around the world, I think it would be a great and exciting time to have that for the women.”
Dunkley is currently playing for England in the three-match ODI series against India, which is broadcast by Sony Sports Network in India.
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