Women's World Twenty20 2009 May 27, 2009

Technique important for Twenty20 success - Anjum Chopra

Cricinfo staff

Many see power-hitting as the key to Twenty20 success but Indian batsman Anjum Chopra has said that technically sound batsmen will do well in the game's shortest format.

Citing the example of this season's IPL finalists Royal Challengers Bangalore, who were derided as a Test team last year, Chopra said: "In the women's T20 cricket also the technically sound cricketers will be successful. I understand that women cricketers may not play powerful shots like Yusuf Pathan, but technically sound cricketers will certainly have plenty of opportunities in the format."

She welcomed the ICC's move to host the men's and women's World Twenty20s simultaneously. "This is going to be a fine opportunity for women's cricket as the World Championship is being held side by side with the men's tournament," she said. "The women's event will also get enough limelight during the event which will play as a launching pad for women's cricket."

Chopra, who returned to the national side last October after a 20-month absence, will be one of India's key batsmen in the tournament. India kick off their World Twenty20 campaign on June 11, when they take on England in Taunton.