Mithali Raj : The final can change the fortunes of women's cricket in India

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Mithali Raj : The final can change the fortunes of women's cricket in India

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SportsCafe Desk

07/23/2017

India is all set to take on England in the final match of the ICC Women’s World Cup and the Indian skipper Mithali Raj believes that this final can change the fortunes of women’s cricket in India. She also claimed that it’s a different experience from being the finalist in 2005.

Indian women’s cricket team captain Raj and Jhulan Goswami are the only two players in the current team who played the 2005 World Cup Final. In that match, India failed to offer any competition and lost the match against Australia by 98 runs. But, this time, the 34-year Raj feels that playing in the final will be very different from the past. 

"I think it's a different experience from being finalist in 2005.. because of the ground we are playing on, and the whole world is going to watch India play. Everybody are rooting for India back home.

"Things have changed immensely for women cricketers. We have been getting a lot of calls from various parts of the country to acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of the team so far. Everybody are happy the way the team has performed throughout the tournament. It's just one more game, it can change the fortunes of women's cricket in India," Raj said, as reported by Cricbuzz.

Both the finalists of the ICC Women’s World Cup, India and England, have impressed with the bat in this tournament. India made 281 in their opening match against England, while England smashed 377 for seven to register a win over Pakistan. The Indian skipper believed that their performances in recent times will help thte country’s women players to perform better and it mkght convince the BCCI to start a new tournament.

"The BCCI now is definitely looking up to women's cricket. There might be lot of changes back home. If we go on to win the World Cup. You never know, those changes will benefit the future generations to come.

"Women's cricket in India will have a brand of its own. It doesn't require anything else to support it in promoting the sport. This platform and this win will definitely give that edge for young girls to take up sport back home. Maybe, you never know, women's IPL might be in the pipeline," Raj opined.

Whenever the Indian women’s players have got the chance, they have tried to perform at their best despite the odds. Raj has perfectly led her team and has always performed as a leader. However, the Indian captain felt that the team needs to play more international cricket before coming to IPL. "I think we have to play more international cricket before we get into IPL. We don't play enough international games. We haven't played since November coming into this competition. We can't get too far ahead of ourselves. England need to play New Zealand more, Australia more, South Africa more. We need to play more good games, home games from a selfish point of view. IPL might improve cricket in India, but we want to play more international games," Raj added.

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