The Indian who helped Bangaldesh Women turn their fortunes around

The Indian who helped Bangaldesh Women turn their fortunes around

Anju Jain's final appearance for India was way back in 2005.

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Anju Jain. (© Touchline/Getty Images)

The Bangladesh Women’s cricket team entered history when they romped home to bag their maiden Asia Cup title. They was up against a team in India who had won all the previous six editions of the tournament. Hence, their task wasn’t supposed to be a cakewalk by any stretch of the imagination. However, they kept their cool and thumped the defending champions by 3 wickets in the last ball of the match.

Meanwhile, the Bangladeshi camp had one Indian in their setup who played a pivotal role in the team’s glorious run of form- Anju Jain, the former skipper of the Women in Blue. She took over the head coach’s role from May 21 and helped the ‘so-called minnows’ to glory. Moreover, they managed to get past India for the second time in the event having beaten them once in the league stage.

“It is certainly a great feeling”- Anju Jain

“Joining Bangladesh was a fast-tracked move. The team was in bad shape and I was only looking to boost their morale. This is a huge moment for the team and personally for me also. After the team returned from South Africa, I identified the areas that needed attention.

It was a massive challenge, but I must compliment the girls as they made a genuine effort to implement every single thing that I pointed out,” Jain was quoted as saying by the Times of India.

She also expressed her delight on how the players have stood up to their tasks instead of crumbling under pressure. “It is certainly a great feeling. It has been a short stint with them so far, but I am really happy with the way the girls responded,” the Delhi-born cricketer added.

Bangladesh didn’t have it easy by any means in the Grand Finale versus Harmanpreet Kaur’s men. They restricted India to a modest score of 112 despite the Indian captain’s masterful knock of 56 runs. During the run-chase, Salma Khatun’s men stuttered and lost wickets at crunch moments. Nevertheless, a couple of handy knocks by their middle-order batswomen guided them over the winning hurdle.

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