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Jhulan and Team Look in Good Shape for the season

5th December 2017
The shift of Deepti in the Bengal battalion from UP seems to have added to the team's weight as Jhulan and team looks in regal shape ahead of the BCCI domestic season with the Senior Women's One Day League commencing on the 6th December.
The Bengal senior team has been at practice at full stride for the upcoming three one day matches to be held at the Bengal Cricket Academy Ground, Kalyani. Bengal will be playing Jammu and Kashmir on the 6th followed by Tripura and Rajasthan on the 8th and 10th respectively at kalyani.
While Jhulan is to lead the Bengal team during the domestic season she couldn't have been happier speaking about the team: "This year as well we have a good lineup and Deepti's inclusion will prove advantageous for the squad. Deepti is a quality cricketer and she knows exactly what she is doing. She has always been consistent with her performance for the span she played for UP and we have expectations that her records for Bengal this season will reflect no difference. Apart from that she's a brilliant fielder and a responsible batsmen and being a captain I cannot be happier to have her in my team."
When asked about the plans for this season she added, "Last year a lot of matches have been lost due to incessant rains and this year our resolution is to climb back to the Elite group and the team appears to be in good shape. Girls have undergone rigorous training under the coach since the last few months and we have got a good feedback from our win over Himachal Pradesh and Jharkhand. We are really confident and looking forward to it and wish that the hardwork we have put in all these months will pay off."
"I feel Bengal is already a tough team and with Deepti in the ranks it couldn't have been better. Deepti as you know is one talented cricketer who gives equal effort be it in batting or bowling or fielding and her performance in the 2017 world cup speaks for it all. We have a genuine cricketer in Jhulan who's leading the team and to have an emerging all rounder in the squad is a boon for us," said the Bengal senior women's coach, Jayanta Ghosh Dastidar.
While the pitfalls of unfavourable weather couldn't be compensated with the Bengal team finishing third in the Plate Group B the last season, the coach feels that the team is confident to come back stronger this season. The coach said, "Last year a lot of matches have been lost due to rain and we cannot blame the weather but nevertheless we will come back stronger this year. This year, I hope that Deepti's batting will serve a significant advantage for the Bengal team since she is an experienced batsmen and I feel she will be able to carry the team well with her performance. We are all eagerly awaiting and looking forward to the match day."
Appreciating the Association's endeavour and lauding it's proactive steps in promoting women's cricket the coach spoke about the team's preparations: "The preparations and the other variables regarding practice and exercises have been looked into. Moreover the last two days we also practised full tilt. CABs role I feel has been instrumental and mammoth with respect to this. With more promising all-rounders emerging and coming into the team we hope to perform well. We have played Himachal in the warm-up matches with a dominating 4-0 whitewash and against Jharkhand with a 3-0. We are really confident with our squad."

Saptaswa Mukerjee