For Indian Women Skipper Mithali Raj it could be the last World Cup tournament. She is someone in India’s Women Cricket landscape, who took the format to a competitive level from the grass root. India scaled the final berth in world cup for the first time in 12 years and for the second time in the entire history. The feat that Raj achieved is rare and tough. All went fine for team until it lost the cup to finishing nervousness. The lack of experience in closing high pressure matches is the reason, as pointed by the captain herself.
Raj agreed that it might be her last World Cup but she was not disappointed. She told it was natural for her team to be sad as they gave all in the match. Raj said, the team has set the platform for competitive matches and it a breakthrough for women cricket. The second-generation women cricketer of India said she is proud of the achievement of her team, even if it was not the cup.
Raj said, “As a captain, I am very proud” as she saw her team changed and transformed their individual games. Per the skipper, Team India has grown to a squad that everyone will look out for. Team India faced only a few defeats in the tournament coming back stronger. The captain understood that the team “messed up in the end.” She accoladed Punam Raut for her ‘brave inning’, who put up 86 runs single handedly. It was foundation of the win, forged with Harmanpreet Kaur’s 51.
The chase was balanced and the captain hoped for a win as the team required 11 off 14 balls until Shikha Pandey was run out. The last four or five players “could not handle the pressure,” per the captain. Mithali said the response from public is positive and she is sure that “BCCI is very proud of the team.” She added women players should “have IPL because it is the right time to create the base.”
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