Insofar as official tournament hashtags go, the Women’s Premier League (WPL) seemed to have nailed it perfectly. #YehToBasShuruatHai (this is just the beginning) works two-fold — the promise of more to keep everyone excited and the thrill at having already broken a ceiling, but wait, there’s more yet. For a country obsessed with cricket — although most of India’s obsession is with the boys in blue — this tournament’s epic finale, won by the Mumbai Indians at Brabourne Stadium on Sunday, may well be the catalyst to change the future of the women’s game.
Official attendances in the league have gone up to 30,000, and average attendance ranged from 9,000 to 13,000 for most games at the two venues staging the tournament — the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai and the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. If this was surprising, it was also vindication for the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI’s
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