The Indian women’s team beat Thailand by nine wickets in the second match of their Women’s World Cup Qualifiers in Colombo on Wednesday. Thailand were bowled out for only 55 in 29.1 overs after they won the toss and opted to bat. India chased down the target without breaking a sweat, losing only one wicket and requiring only 12.4 overs.
Minnows Thailand collapsed to 10/4 and it only kept getting worse from there. The scoreboard read 20/6 and 40/7 before they were bowled out for 55. The highest partnership of the innings was 20 with extras and Chanida Sutthiruang proving the joint-highest scorer (12). It was a joint effort by India’s bowlers with Mansi Joshi returning figures of 3/4 and Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav and Rajeshwari Gayakwad taking two wickets apiece.
In response, India breezed to their total to wrap up the win in only 12.4 overs. Harmanpreet Kaur was the only batter dismissed for 15 but Thirush Kamini (24 not out) and Veda Krishnamurthy (17) had no problems. The entire match got over in just 41.5 overs.
Thailand 55 all out in 29.4 overs (Chanida Sutthiruang 12, Nattaya Boochatham 10; Mansi Joshi 3/4, Deepti Sharma 2/8) lost to India 59/1 in 12.4 overs (Thirush Kamini 24 not out, Veda Krishnamurthy 17 not out; Sornnarin Tippoch 1/16) by nine wickets
Watch Ruchir's journey: A story that captures the impact of accessible technology
Accessible technology has the potential to change lives.
“Technology can be a great leveller”, affirms Ruchir Falodia, Social Media Manager, TATA CLiQ. Out of the many qualities that define Ruchir as a person, one that stands out is that he is an autodidact – a self-taught coder and lover of technology.
Ruchir’s story is one that humanises technology - it has always played the role of a supportive friend who would look beyond his visual impairment. A top ranker through school and college, Ruchir would scan course books and convert them to a format which could be read out to him (in the absence of e-books for school). He also developed a lot of his work ethos on the philosophy of Open Source software, having contributed to various open source projects. The access provided by Open Source, where users could take a source code, modify it and distribute their own versions of the program, attracted him because of the even footing it gave everyone.
That is why I like being in programming. Nobody cares if you are in a wheelchair. Whatever be your physical disability, you are equal with every other developer. If your code works, good. If it doesn’t, you’ll be told so.
Motivated by the objectivity that technology provided, Ruchir made it his career. Despite having earned degree in computer engineering and an MBA, friends and family feared his visual impairment would prove difficult to overcome in a work setting. But Ruchir, who doesn’t like quotas or the ‘special’ tag he is often labelled with, used technology to prove that differently abled persons can work on an equal footing.
As he delved deeper into the tech space, Ruchir realised that he sought to explore the human side of technology. A fan of Agatha Christie and other crime novels, he wanted to express himself through storytelling and steered his career towards branding and marketing – which he sees as another way to tell stories.
Ruchir, then, migrated to Mumbai for the next phase in his career. It was in the Maximum City that his belief in technology being the great leveller was reinforced. “The city’s infrastructure is a challenging one, Uber helped me navigate the city” says Ruchir. By using the VoiceOver features, Ruchir could call an Uber wherever he was and move around easily. He reached out to Uber to see if together they could spread the message of accessible technology. This partnership resulted in a video that captures the essence of Ruchir’s story: The World in Voices.
It was important for Ruchir to get rid of the sympathetic lens through which others saw him. His story serves as a message of reassurance to other differently abled persons and abolishes some of the fears, doubts and prejudices present in families, friends, employers or colleagues.