06.19.17 - Comments Off on Tammy Beaumont: India will be a driving force in the future of the women’s game
World Cup champion, player of the tournament and leading run-scorer, we caught up with Tammy Beaumont on her World Cup success, the Kia Super League and what the future looks like for women’s cricket.
Firstly, can you put last Sunday (the World Cup final) into a few words?
Pride, elation and joy.
I haven’t really stopped since but it’s all been absolutely worth it. I don’t think the smile has come off my face. It’s still sinking in that I can call myself a world champion!
The final was the highlight of my cricketing career and one of the best days of my life. I feel really lucky to have been able to share it with my teammates, family and friends. I don’t think I’ll have another day like it in my career.
What was your personal highlight from the World Cup?
People probably expect me to say the innings with Sarah against South Africa, but my number one is the partnership with Natalie Sciver against New Zealand which got us to a good score from 60-3.
How did you get involved in cricket?
It’s my brother’s fault. I completely idolised him so I copied everything he did, so when he joined the U11, so did I. I started at the local boys’ team with my brother and a few years later I found a local womens’ team which was about an hour away from where I lived. I also carried on playing men’s cricket – I played a little last year.
What more can be done to raise the profile of women's cricket in this country?
I think this World Cup has helped to raise the profile of women’s cricket – the number of people watching the game shows that the interest is there.
The ECB has invested heavily in England Women in the last few years, so they just need to continue doing what they are doing, the same goes for the ICC.
India, the nation characterised by its love of cricket, will be a driving force in the future of the women’s game. When women’s cricket really takes off in India, including the development of a strong national team, it will have a massive impact worldwide.
How do you think World Cup success will impact this year’s Kia Super League?
Hopefully, it will attract media coverage. It’s then our job to make it exciting to watch – if we can make it bigger and better than last year then it could really beneficial for the sport. I’m playing at the Kia Oval and I would love to see a sell-out there one day.
Is there anyone you’re particularly looking forward to facing?
I’m looking forward to playing against my England team mates. They will be gunning to get me out. Anya Shrubsole, I hate facing her in the nets, she will be horrible. I think we know each other far too well and what buttons to push - it will definitely get the best out of us!
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