For millions of supporters across India, this ongoing women’s World Cup seems nothing less than a fairytale. The Indian eves entered the tournament as the relative underdogs and considering the challenging format, making it to the semi finals would have been considered a massive achievement for the side.
Throughout the competition though, the Mithali Raj side played an exceptional brand of cricket and now, are just one step away from creating history. Having beaten defending champions Australia, thanks to a once in a lifetime knock from Harmanpreet Kaur, the women in blue will now face hosts England at the Mecca of Cricket.
Post the victory, Raj mentioned that the upcoming final would surely be a once in a lifetime opportunity for the team.
“Harman’s innings was exceptional,” Raj said. “To come back in the semifinals and play an innings like this was brilliant. Jhulan too was superb and has hit her straps at the right time. We have players now who are of international standards. We have a new Woman of the Match in every game which is wonderful.”
“Smriti scored a century in the early stages, Poonam got one after that and Harman today. I am sure Harman would be fit and wanting to play the finals. All of us are very excited to be in the finals at Lord’s. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” she added.
Aussie skipper Meg Lanning congratulated the Indian side and depicted her disappointment at the end result.
“Very well done to the Indians, we just couldn’t stop them. Blackwell was hitting it very well but we just couldn’t do it at the start. I do not think we nailed a full game at any stage, we had some moments but nothing much beyond that. The same thing happened today. Overall, a pretty disapponting tournament for us,” Lanning said.