Indian women's cricket captain Mithali Raj applauded her side for their gritty display in the tournament after they lost the final of the ICC women's World Cup to England from a winnable position. The 32-year-old has also revealed that this was her last World Cup outing.
Indian Women skipper Mithali Raj has heaped praise on her players for their tremendous display in the final game after they were outclassed by a slim margin by England, who won the game by 9 runs. Accepting the fact that India couldn’t hold on to the game of nerves in the end, Raj admired her side’s holistic performance stating that India remained a tough nut to crack for most opponents.
Speaking to the media, the 32-year-old said, “I'm very proud of the girls. They didn't make any match look easy for the other team. We did very well in the tournament. All the youngsters in the team tried their best."
“It wasn't easy for England but credit to them for keeping their nerves. There was a time where the match was in the balance, but we panicked and that led to our defeat," added Raj.
After a strong partnership by India’s in-form batsman Harmanpreet Kaur and Punam Raut took India to 138 for two, the faltering England fielding found some relief in Tammy Beaumont’s brilliance. Beaumont pulled off a smart effort in dismissing Kaur, who had been looking dangerous, at the square-leg. However, the determined Raut looked unstoppable as she along with Veda Krishnamurthy almost took the side to shore with just 28 runs needed from 44 balls and seven wickets in hand.
Of course, the defeat was more difficult for the skipper to take as she revealed that this was probably her last World Cup, though there are no retirement plans in the near future. “I will definitely play for a couple of years more, but I don't see myself playing the next World Cup.”
Making her ODI debut way back in 1999 against Ireland Women at Milton Keynes, Raj has played 186 games for India scoring over 6,000 runs. She has six centuries and 49 half centuries to her name with a good average of 52.
England Women’s skipper Heather Knight praised India’s quality too. Speaking after the game, Knight said, “They were batting brilliantly, credit to them, they've had a great tournament."
The win takes England to their fourth World Cup win, with the previous three in 1973, 1993 and 2009.
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