File photo of Mithali Raj© AFP
One of the finest players to have ever played in women’s cricket and former India captain Mithali Raj on Saturday remembered the fifth anniversary of the historic 2017 Women’s World Cup final. Mithali, who led India in the coveted final against England at the ‘mecca of cricket’, Lord’s Cricket Ground, said she would not have won the ICC World Cup in 2017 but the incident changed the landscape of women’s cricket.
Mithali Raj shared on Twitter, “This day at Lord’s in 2017 was not in our favor but I believe it helped turn a page in Indian women’s cricket. Changed the approach. The support that our team got after that started a new one. Revolution in sports with young talent.”
India finished their World Cup campaign third on the points table with five wins from 7 matches in the round-robin stage of the tournament and faced Australia in the semi-finals. Harmanpreet Kaur’s record-breaking 171* knock destroyed the tournament’s favorite Australians as India qualified for the final.
India lost the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 against England by nine runs. The Mithali Raj-led side were in a great position to lift their maiden trophy, but Anya Shrubsole’s six-wicket haul took away India’s joy.
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