A billion fans were in front of their television set as India witnessed their girls amazing but heartbreaking performance in the final of the Women’s World Cup.
An Indian team, led by Mithali Raj performed exceptionally well in the tournament but couldn’t put the finishing touch as they lost to hosts England by just 9 runs. The tournament deserved a grandstand finish and it got a worthy one.
Here are a list of 5 important things that we can assess about the match which have been very significance both in the short term and broader perspective.
- This Indian side is talented, but requires the big game experience
Yes, that’s the main thing that cost India the trophy. It wasn’t a huge total they had to chase but the batters didn’t justify to their talent, loosing last 7 wickets for just mere 28 runs proves that. Kaur, Mandhana, Poonam Raut and Veda Krishnamurthy are no doubt talented but they crumbled under pressure. With it’s almost certain that Mithali Raj won’t be in the next World Cup, these women will have to find the calming personnel in the team who can guide them through in the crunch situations. Yes they will learn that with more exposure as time is on their side, but there is no doubt that this team has immense talent and will deliver many heights of joy in the coming days.
- Anya Shrubsole’s fiery pace is an English asset Perhaps the figures of 6 for 46 in a World Cup final is enough to defy her. The 25 year old ripped India’s batting apart and kept herself cool in the depth to give England the title. She hails from Somerset and started her first course of bowling from her father and today she simply has made her dad proud. But for England, they must nurture this talent as she has a lot to bring for them. She has a lethal inswing stock that hit the thrice for the Indian women. And for a 25 year old her temperament was very impressive, she assessed the conditions well and executed her approach perfectly. So she is someone to keep an eye on for the future.
- Veda Krishnamurthy’s wicket was the turning point Someone may argue that but Veda’s wicket was just the beginning of our downfall. Even though we lost Poonam Raut, the hard hitting Veda was standing tall and a couple of overs more of her calculated attack would have sealed it for India, but again the naive approach was vivid as she played an unnecessary cross batted slog and managed only to sky it only in the form of a top edge. From then on the lower order got exposed and India crumbled.
- Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj will have to be filled up by the next generation Two of the icons of Indian women cricket may have played their last world cups and their boots need to be filled up by the young generation. Goswami again showed her class with a brilliant bowling display as she bowled her quota with figures 3 for 23. Mithali Raj, the captain has also been another stalwart for the team. Youngsters like Mandhana, Raut, Shikha Pandey and Deepti Sharma will have to up their sleeves as the nation will depend on them in the next tournament down under. The signs so far is promising, but it has to be delivered at the time.
- This tournament has just been a positives galore for Indian women Though the girls lost in the final hurdle, this tournament may well be the renaissance that Indian women team required. It has been the first time they have been supported by so many both on and off the field. And these prospering talents will blossom in full fledge with the support in infrastructure. As Indian captain said, people may have a new perspective about women’s cricket and we can just hope her words turn out to be true. In terms of performances the girls have made the country proud and there are a lot of positives from this tournament that the Indian team will look to carry forward and help themselves to become a bit more lethal in the next world cup.
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