Indian women lose Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017, but win hearts
The Indian women may not have won the Women’s Cricket World Cup, but they definitely won the hearts of the millions of the Indians watching them play, with their fearless style of playing and their near clinical performances. The likes of Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur have attracted a major fan following and the older players like Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami have earned the respects of each and every Indian.
India’s Journey – ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017
This was the second time the Indian women made it to the finals of this Women’s World Cup, which has been dominated by the English and Aussies historically, and their road to the finals was full of hurdles that Mithali’s team crossed with grit and hard work. Their first four matches sent them off to a flying start, as they won every single one of them in a very convincing manner. Following this, they faltered in their next two matches against South Africa and Australia but came back in fine style in a do-or-die match against New Zealand.
In the semi finals, India was up against Australia, who had defeated us in the group stages. This didn’t deter the prodigal Harmanpreet Kaur as she went on the score an unbeaten 115 ball 171, leading India’s way to a 281. The Australians couldn’t cope with this score as they all fell for a score of 245. This meant that India now met England in the finals, who they had already defeated in match one of this tournament. Our bowling unit cleaned the English opposition up for a mere 228, with no English batswoman performing too well. India got off to a promising start when Poonam Raut and Harmanpreet Kaur posted 86 and 51 respectively, but after their departures, India lost their way and ended up on the losing side.
Apart from the final, this tournament has been a major success for the women of Indian cricket; it has helped the country see the amount of talent that they possess and given us yet another exciting thing to watch. Let’s take a look at the various players of this team who shone brightly in this tournament:
Key Indian women cricketers
The Indian captain has been playing cricket for team India for about 18 years now, and her experience has been invaluable for the game and for her teammates. This was her last World Cup, and the veteran almost led her team to victory by putting up a near clinical performance. In a do-or-die match against New Zealand, she stepped up to the challenge and scored a massive 109 runs, which helped her team win the match in the end and proceed to the semi finals.
Watch the highlights of the Semi Finals here:
After the first four matches, Smriti Mandhana was all anyone was talking about. Her fearless batting and charming attitude won the hearts of absolutely everyone, as she plundered a 90 and 106 in her first two matches. Coming out of a serious injury, by playing so well she showed her dedication to the game and her strong will power. She is definitely a major part of India’s bright future as a cricket team.
Watch the highlights of Ind vs WI, where Smriti smashed a 106:
This veteran all rounder is a genuine threat to anyone who faces her. She has been playing for 15 years, and up until very recently was one of the fastest bowlers in women’s cricket. What’s more, she is the highest wicket taker in Women’s cricket history, so her expertise and experience are undeniably helpful to her teammates.
This young batswoman found sublime form towards the knockout stages of the tournament, and gave out the best batting performance in the semi finals against Australia by knocking a masterful 115 ball 171. She also hit a quick 51 in the final against England.
Here is a look at the highlight of Ind vs Aus, where Kaur scored an unbeaten 171:
This Women’s Cricket World Cup has given us a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the young and promising talent that our team has along with celebrating the talent and experience of the veterans. Now that these experienced players are transitioning into mentors for their younger teammates, there is so much to look forward to. We hope that the next World Cup is as scintillating as this one was and that India actually goes on to win it.