India register highest-ever total in Women’s Test history; fans react

On Saturday, June 29, India registered the highest-ever total in the history of women’s Tests against a hapless South African bowling lineup at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The Indian women’s cricket team declared the first innings on 603/6, going past the previous mark of 575/9 set by Australia at the WACA Ground in Perth against South Africa earlier this year.

For the unversed, the Indian opening pair of Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana stitched together a partnership of 292 runs, which is the second-highest stand in the history of women’s Tests. Shafali Verma went on to become the 10th women’s cricketer to bring up a double hundred in Tests, scoring 205 runs in her innings, which is also the second-highest score for an Indian woman in the format, behind Mithali Raj’s 214.

Smriti Mandhana had also scored a hundred before getting dismissed for 149 runs, but the Indian innings never lost momentum. Although Shubha Satheesh didn’t get a big score, the middle order of Jemimah Rodrigues, the captain Harmanpreet Kaur, and Richa Ghosh, notched up fifties to propel the Indian total beyond 600 runs.

Here are the fan reactions on X for the Indian women’s cricket team after they registered the highest total in Tests:

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