This Final Is A Different Experience From Being Finalist In 2005, Says Mithali Raj
For Mithali Raj and her teammate Jhulan Goswami, World Cup final is not a new experience. The duo were a part of the Indian team that was thrashed by 98 runs by Australia in the final of 2005 edition. But despite having played one final already, India captain Mithali Raj has insisted that the upcoming final against England is a bit different than the last time when the women made it to the title-decider under her captaincy.
While playing at the iconic Lord’s, where India’s men team had lifted its maiden World Cup, will certainly be a different experience, Mithali said the support the Women in Blue will get during the Sunday’s (July 23) final will be totally different.
“I think it’s a different experience from being finalist in 2005.. because of the ground we are playing on, and the whole world is going to watch India play. Everybody are rooting for India back home,” she said on the eve of the all-important clash.
Mithali Raj & Co. have done exceedingly well in the tournament to made it to the final. Barring the defeat against South Africa and Australia, Team India looked in control throughout as it defeated the likes of England, West Indies, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and defending champions Australia to make it to the summit clash. And the ladies are reaping the rewards for it not only on the field but also off it as Mithali revealed how things have changed due to their brilliant performance in the last one month.
“Things have changed immensely for women cricketers. We have been getting a lot of calls from various parts of the country to acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of the team so far. Everybody are happy the way the team has performed throughout the tournament. It’s just one more game, it can change the fortunes of women’s cricket in India,” Mithali reckoned.
India’s inspirational captain further said that the final will be a different experience for her too. With the team looking really in good form, Mithali insisted she is going to enjoy the occasion rather than playing under pressure like she did in the 2005 final.
“Unlike 2005 where I played with lot of pressure, this time I would like to be out there performing for the team, leading the team. In all these years what I have learned that there were a lot of occasions where I could have enjoyed the success of the team or few of my innings but it never occurred to me. Now I make sure that I would not let the fear of what might go wrong cross me to a point where I throughout the tournament, the comeback is especially good, and the side looks very strong to me,” she said.
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