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Indian Women Were Outstanding In The Tournament But Lacked Experience Of Playing Big Matches: Sunil Gavaskar 

Indian Women Were Outstanding In The Tournament But Lacked Experience Of Playing Big Matches: Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar. Image: Getty Images

The Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar was one of the thousands of Indians gathered at the Lord’s stadium to cheer for the Indian women’s team in the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017. It was the second time when India was playing the final of the World Cup and incidentally, this time again, Mithali Raj was the captain.

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Team India came close to winning the title, as they bowled out England on a low total of 228. Any team would take this total on any given day, especially in the finals but they faltered when put behind to chase it down and as a result, once again, India failed to get their hands on the cup.

The inexperience in batting was seen there, a reason which skipper Mithali Raj mentioned in the post match presentation. Gavaskar too blamed the inexperience for the loss in the final, as if India would have had a partnership the stage, then the scenario could have been different,

“India women were outstanding in the tournament but lacked the experience of playing the big matches. They went out and tried their best. In the end, there is gonna be a winner and a loser in limited overs cricket. They gave their best. It was such a close game.  Full marks to them. Very very happy they have played throughout the tournament,’ Gavaskar told NDTV.

Even after having a poor start, India recovered well and was just 39 runs away when they lost the wicket of Punam Raut. After that, it was just a matter of time when England made a comeback in the game and wrested the game from their oppositions. The inexperience of not playing such big games was seen here, a thing which Gavaskar highlighted,

“It is the inexperience. Sometimes in these situations, you need experience. Unfortunately, this time around it wasn’t there. Even a partnership of 20-30 at that stage could have driven India home. The wickets were falling every second third ball and that’s where India lost,” he added.

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It’s a fact that team India lacked experience as the target was not so far and even one partnership could have been enough to help them lift the title but it was a learning experience for the young girls in the team, who will continue to serve the Indian team in many more World Cups to come. They will carry this experience ahead, which will help the team in future. Though they lost the final, they have emerged as an inspiration for the nation.

BCCI too is all set to honour the members of the team in a grand function, where the members of the team will be paid an amount of Rs50 Lakhs, whereas, the support staff will get 25 Lakhs.

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