A very disappointed Indian Women’s cricket team return home after losing to England in the ICC Women’s World Cup Final match this past weekend.
India had hoped that its team would take home first place in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 final in England. The team had beaten England in the opening match of the tournament, and had played well throughout. The Indian Women’s cricket team once again met the England Women’s team in the final.
England ended on 228/7, winning by just nine runs with India ending on a total of 219 runs at 48.4 out of 50 overs.
It had looked as if India was in control with 86 runs from Punam Raut, however, the team had some difficult times and simply could not reach the necessary run total to win.
Mithali Raj Comments
“I’m proud. It wasn’t easy for England but credit to them for keeping their nerve,” said Mithali Raj, the Indian Women’s team skipper. “There was a time where the match was in the balance, but we panicked. I’m very proud of the girls. They didn’t make any match look easy for the other team.”
Raj further commented: “Thank you to the crowd for turning up for a Women’s cricket final. This is a huge boost for all women cricketers. Jhulan is an experienced bowler and has always delivered when the team has needed her to.”
Raj felt that even though the Indian women’s cricket team did not win, she felt that their performance could have been a match-winning one.
Raj noted: “All the youngsters tried their best. I’m sure the experience will help them. Now, people back home will have a different perspective about women’s cricket.”
Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami have both played their last World Cup matches. The two top women’s cricket players may be disappointed that they did not end on a win, however, both can be rest assured that they have given their best in their World Cup careers.