Proud of the fearless brand of cricket we played throughout the World Cup: Mithali Raj to India Today

first_imgMithali Raj and the Indian women’s cricket team are the toast of the nation at the moment after their stupendous success in the Women’s World Cup. The team is being hailed despite their loss in the final with the BCCI planning a grand felicitation ceremony for the team when they reach home.CLICK TO WATCH FULL INTERVIEWMithali spoke to India Today after the summit clash which they lost by nine runs against hosts England at Lord’s on Sunday.The 34-year-old spoke of how proud she is of her team for the fearless brand of cricket they played throughout the tournament and how they would like to continue playing with the same intensity in future as well.”It’s something new for all of us to come back into the tournament from two defeats (against South Africa and Australia). The girls have really shown a fearless brand of cricket, a very confident brand of cricket. That is something we need to continue to do and improve on that,” Mithali told India Today.India came within touching distance of the 229-run target in the final but a middle-order batting collapse saw them lose the last seven wickets for 28 in a span of six overs as they got bundled out for 219 in 48.4 overs.Mithali said the defeat is still hurting the team and would continue to do so for a few more days.”None of the players would have had good sleep after the defeat on Sunday. It will take time for all of us to accept it and make peace with it,” she added.advertisementWith the matches being televised, the World Cup saw women’s cricket finally getting the kind of viewership that it was lacking for all these years. Veterans Mithali and Jhulan Goswami were relatively well-known before this tournament but players like Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Punam Raut and Deepti Sharma became household names in the past few weeks.More people have started to follow women’s cricket now and hopefully this trend will continue. Mithali is also glad that her team got so much love and support from back home and in England with her phone ringing non-stop after the final.”In the larger picture it is good for women’s cricket in India. So many people have started to follow women’s cricket. The whole nation was rooting for us and made us feel very special on a very special location (Lord’s stadium). Sending messages from all quarters which was very overwhelming,” Mithali said.On the personal front the highest run-getter in women’s ODI cricket said that she wants to continue playing for a couple of years more and aims to get India a direct entry into the next World Cup.”I haven’t given it much thought. But as the runners-up in the World Cup it’s important that we need to again start grooming players for the next edition. The journey has to start in a couple of months time. Now it is important for us to maintain our No. 2 position and have a direct entry. For that we need to be in the top four in the ICC Championship.”If I’m playing for a few more years that would be my aim to see that the team doesn’t have to play the qualifiers unlike this time,” she concluded.last_img

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