Girl power as India hails World Cup heroines

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 23, 2017

Harmanpreet Kaur's blasting score helped India secure a place in the Final of the world cup. She also quipped that the youngsters in the squad draw confidence from her experience and try to give their best. I feel in a good place and I am really excited to get out there and change the game for my team. Raj has led from the front with 392 runs she is the second-highest run-getter in this World Cup. "It is in this context, that we need to win... a victory will open a plethora of possibilities for women's cricket in India".

"All of us are raring to be a part of that atmosphere and it is a once in a life time opportunity to be part of the finals", Raj said, reflecting on India's first World Cup final appearance since 2005.

Some of India's iconic women sportspersons like Saina Nehwal and Dipa Karmakar too wished the best for the Indian team. She played like a woman possessed, and yet with flawless control - leaving the Australian bowlers with no choice as she hit 20 fours and 7 sixes. The left-handed Mandhana, who turned 21 last Tuesday, has faded after the first two knocks and her form would be crucial for India to make a flying start. Skipper Heather Knight, Sarah Taylor, and Natalie Sciver have also been in great form - with all three scoring over 300 runs each at the tournament.

The men's Indian cricket team are now in Sri Lanka but from there the whole side in new coach Ravi Shastri's presence shared their best wishes through a video message.

It was Harmanpreet Kaur's sensational 115-ball unbeaten 171-run innings that set up the 36-run win over defending champions Australia in the semi-final and Raj described it as a huge achievement.

"I just fancy England at Lord's, even though India have had an exceptional tournament to get this far".

Followed by Raut, Sushma Verma (o), Veda Krishnamurthy (34) and Jhulan Goswami (0) lost their wickets in the next 10 runs and the entire Indian dugout was under pressure. All the best Jhulan. At one point, when she got mad at Deepti Sharma for nearly running herself out, she directed that intensity at the opposing side.

Deepti chips one towards the leg side, and ends up getting caught by Sciver near mid-on with England sniffing a win now.

England openers Lauren Winfield and Tammy Beaumont put on a partnership of 47 before Rajeshwari Gayakwad struck to remove Winfield for 24 and later Poonam Yadav scalped Beamount for 23.

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