London: The champion’s crown eluded her team for a second time but Indian skipper Mithali Raj believes future is bright for women’s cricket in the country and a platform has been set for the coming generations.
India seemed on course for a maiden World Cup trophy but suffered a batting collapse, losing seven wickets for 28 runs to slip from 191-3 to 219 all out in 48.4 overs in a chase of 229 in the final against England at Lord’s. But despite the heartbreak, the skipper said future seems good for India.
“These girls have really set the platform for the upcoming generations in India. They’ve opened up the channels for women’s cricket and they should be really proud of themselves. I have seen the changes the girls have made,” Raj said.
The 34-year-old Raj admitted her team failed to hold its nerve but said she was proud of the way it fought in the tournament.
“Everybody was very nervous and I think that resulted in our defeat. It’s about experience and about how composed we are in the situation. The girls weren’t experienced enough to do that, but the way they have fought through the tournament is heart-warming,” said Raj.
“The India women’s team has a bright future, we have very talented girls it’s just a matter of calculations, keeping your cool in the middle,” she added.