ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023: Ireland wicketkeeper Mary Waldron wears a unique helmet
By SMCS - Feb 21, 2023 1:31 pm
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Ireland wicketkeeper-batter Mary Waldron was seen wearing a unique helmet during their clash against India at St George’s Park, Gqeberha in Match 18 of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023. Her helmet, unlike the regular ones, is not sphere shaped and has no centre bulge, also it looks like a sportsman playing baseball and American football games as well. However, regular helmets are such that it has a thick layer covered from the top with a metal grill as well, which is bolted to the sides to cover the face apart from the head as well.

Mary Waldron
Mary Waldron

However, this is not the first time that Mary Waldron has donned the unique gear as well. In November 2022, Waldron wore the same helmet during a three-match ODI series against Pakistan. Meanwhile, as far as the game is concerned, India won the game by 5 runs (DLS Method). India opener Smriti Mandhana smashed a stunning knock and helped her side post a decent total as well.

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However, after the game, Laura Delany, Ireland captain said: “It (rain) kind of came out of nowhere, we weren’t really prepared for it. We didn’t have a look at the DLS score either. Myself and Gaby were trying to build a partnership. Looking back at the World Cup in 2018, I didn’t feel like it was a level playing field. Cricket Ireland have invested hugely in contracts now. At times, we’ve shown what we are capable of. We are going from strengths to strengths. There are definitely areas, particularly in the fielding, that we want to improve on. Overall, it’s been a positive experience. Orla Prendergast has gone from strength to strength. If we can emulate her and take her confidence, we’ll head in the right direction.”

Notably, Ireland have failed to win a single game in the tournament and they have lost all 4 as well.