Daily Editorial Cloze Test Quiz – 17

Editorial Cloze Test Quiz

The buzz around women’s cricket in India was never as heightened as it was during the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup. It _______(1)________a crescendo when India met England in the final at Lord’s in London. India lost, agonisingly by just nine runs. But not before it left its cricketers richer for the experience and for the fan base that expanded in the course of the tournament. Unlike in the past, the campaign was a show of the collective. Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami are towering figures and have ______(2)_______the burden for more than a decade and a half. But under their shadows a space has been created for the likes of Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut and Harmanpreet Kaur to grow. Raj topped the run charts with 409 runs and was only one short of the tournament ______(3)_______, Tammy Beaumont of England. But Raut and Kaur, accounting for 381 and 359 runs, respectively, were no flashes in the pan. That these individual feats resulted in a wholesome uplift of the team’s quality when most needed — against New Zealand in a must-win game and against Australia in the semi-final following two resounding losses to South Africa and Australia — illustrated the players’ powers of recovery and sense of occasion. As Raj put it, “I have seen the changes the girls have made. I’ve seen the transition. It will be a team that other teams will be looking out for. That’s what I’m proud of.” Here lies the cue to the future. India reached the final of the 2005 edition too. But the gains were mostly frittered ______(4)_______. Raj and Goswami are the record holders for highest runs and wickets in one-day internationals. At the same time, the two have ______(5)______a paltry 10 Test matches each. There has been neither a well-thought-out calendar of bilateral series and tournaments nor a competitive domestic structure as in England or Australia.

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