England, captained by Heather Knight, edged out South Africa by two wickets in the other semi-final, and hold the head-to-head advantage over India in the 50-over format at World Cups, with six wins to the visitors’ four.
Dorai Raj believed that the result of the final could change the face of women’s cricket in India.
Sydney Thunder batter and semi-final Player of the Match Harmanpreet Kaur played in the second season in the WBBL, and looms as a key to India’s success against England, but suffered a shoulder setback during their final training session at Lord’s. Although the England team leads the head-to-head record 6-4, India will look to rewrite history at the “Mecca” of cricket.
PM Modi heaped praises on Mithali Raj, who along with seamer Jhulan Goswami are the two members of the Indian squad that reached the final in 2005.
“India has been the sleeping giant of the women’s game but they have awoken now and that could be hugely significant for the sport, just as Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s win in the 2007 World Twenty20 was arguably the making of the short game”. In the end, congratulation to England team which took the charge and became the World champion.England Women won by 9 runs.
Fourth ought to be the current performance of Mandhana and Mithali that resembles Kapil Dev’s performance that lifted the Indian spirits in 1983.
Even when asked about Harmanpreet Kaur’s shoulder injury and chances of playing in the final, Arothe refuting the issue said, “Harmanpreet will play”.
“As our women’s cricket team plays the World Cup finals today, I join the 125 crore Indians in wishing them the very best! Best wishes!” Modi Tweeted. “After scoring 281 runs, our bowlers and fielders did the job and won the game for us”, she said.
“We knew that there is a new generation of young players who play it like a modern game”, he told AFP. They are like 21st century kind of women. “We will also felicitate her when she comes back home”, said Ravinder Bhakar, chief PRO of WR, yesterday.
England’s Heather Knight and India’s Mithali Raj pose with the trophy.
More than 4,000 fans had gathered at Bristol to see England beat Australia in the group stages whereas the tickets for the India-Pakistan encounter were sold out in Derby the week before.