Ecclestone believes it will be massive to have a women’s cricket franchise in India.
Sophie Ecclestone is already marching towards greatness at the age of 23, having won 68 wickets in 50 T20 Internationals and 76 wickets in 47 One Day Internationals. She has even played four Test matches in which she has picked up 15 grounds. In the recent conversation, she shared her ambition to end her career as one of the all-time best in the history of women’s cricket.
She is now at the top of the table in the ICC T20Is and women’s ODI rankings. The 23-year-old England left-arm spinner was the best ground-taker in the last ICC Women’s World Cup with 21 wickets in just nine matches. She also became the youngest to bag 50 T20I wickets at the tender age of 20 years and 300 days. Considering her wicket-taking skills and age, she is poised to break the record for the oldest wicket-taker in the history of women’s cricket. Currently, this record is held by Jhulam Goswami of Team India.
Sophie is now in India as she takes part in the fourth edition of the Women’s T20 Challenge for the Supernovas in Pune. Speaking to Sportskeeda, she was asked how long she has been following IPL. She said, “I haven’t really been following IPL as the match schedules coincided with my school schedule. Being here in India, I now follow it a lot more, watching the matches on TV.”
Sophie Ecclestone talks about her bias towards the Rajasthan franchise because of the color of the jersey
Sophie shared her views on the importance of a full-fledged women’s IPL. She added, “I think it would be huge to have a women’s cricket franchise in India. The Women’s IPL, if it starts next year, will be huge for us. The Hundred in England has been massive for women’s cricket. It is very successful.”
She also shared which franchise she can represent in IPL. “Not really. My favorite color is pink and the Rajasthan Royals wear pink, so that could be an option (laughs)! Let’s see how things turn out,” Ecclestone concluded.
In addition to all this, she spoke about her ultimate dream and added: “When I finish my career, I want to be one of the all-time greats and the leading wicket-taker for England. Above all, I want to win many trophies for my country.”