In the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022, India, runners-up in the 2017 World Cup, lost to South Africa on Sunday (March 27) and are out of the Woman’s World Cup 2022 tournament. The match was played in Christchurch and was important for India from the point of view of the semi-finals. India was selected to bat first and scored 274 runs in 50 overs. It was a target of 275 runs in front of South Africa, which they achieved on the last ball of the match.
It was a terrific competition. South Africa did a tremendously fantabulous job and won the match. In the context of India, the team reached the semi-finals in 2017. But the time the team has to accept the early exit from the tournament.
On this, the captain of the Woman’s Indian cricket team presented her opinion that the new and the players who were having less experience have really a bright future. It was a good learning experience for every player.
At the post-match press conference following India’s three-wicket defeat in Christchurch,
When Mitali Raj asked about the reason for getting out of the tournament, she pointed towards the middle phase of their campaign when they faced a defeat in successive games to England and Australia.
It was like a roller coaster ride for the Indian team. Further,
“There’ve been ups and downs like we’ve done well against West Indies but we lost against England and Australia. And even New Zealand. So we did mix it up a little bit in the initial phase of the tournament. But I guess the way we made a comeback, even in today’s game the way the girls have responded, whether it is bowling or batting, I think they’ve done really well, she added.”
“It was a good game overall if we have to judge it from the crowd, from people who watched, the viewers and for the sport, but yes for the Indian team it’s the end of the road in the tournament. A lot of good things have come out of the tournament like we’ve got Yastika [Bhatia], Shefali [Verma] started to score runs. The spinners have done well. There will be areas that as a team we need to work on moving forward. But overall, I think we could have done better. We could have done better in the initial phases of the tournament.”
“I think the future definitely is very bright looking at Richa [Ghosh], Yastika and we have of course, Sneh Rana – she made a comeback, we have Meghna [Singh] who’s in the stand by and these girls will definitely play in the coming years the good standard of cricket and the way they get the exposure of playing different leagues and playing regularly with the best of the best in the world, I’m sure the team will shape up well for the future tournaments,”
When a question arised about Harmanpreet Kaur, Mitali Raj said, that, “Her performance was exceptional in today’s game, just not through her batting. When I gave her a ball, she came there to bowl – even her contribution in fielding was immense, I think very important run-outs and getting those crucial wickets and all-around performance. I think having senior players in events like this, to get the experience to play the most important game helps with the team.”
On the question of a partnership between Laura and Goodall, she said,
“I think there was a partnership between Laura and Goodall. I think that was something we managed to break but the most important couple of overs which I felt was when Tryon came in, and when the asking rate was around nine and she got it back to seven. And I think that that was a moment which tilted the match in their favor,” adding that “We could have added more runs from the death overs when we batted. The spell [Shabnim] Ismail had bowled in the last five overs, where the sort of start we got and the way we built the innings, we could have got many more runs having wickets in hand.”
As a captain, Mitali Raj got disappointed as the team did not do well as she would have thought, in that JhulanGoswami’s World Cup ended with her missing the final game due to a side strain.
But in the end, you have to accept the situation. On this, Raj said,
“There will be generations of players coming and going, the team definitely will have to get going after every World Cup, there is always a change in the team, in the dressing room. There’ll be fresh faces in, there will be some experienced players in – so I think every team has to go through this process of rebuilding a team after the World Cup, especially after the one-day World Cup, so that they prepare for the coming World Cups in another four years. And I guess we are no different, probably the Indian team also will probably go through the same transformation.”
When she asked that is it the final match of her cricket career, she replied,
“It will not be appropriate for me to comment anything on that, considering the sort of game that we just played, and as I said, the emotions are still there. So it needs to settle down before I could sort of have clarity on that and give an answer to that.”
We wish all the luck to Woman’s Cricket team for future tournaments.