Analysing Mithali Raj and Co's chances for next mega-event

Posted July 28, 2017

For sisters Manya and Siddhi Mishra, getting new cricket bats was as exciting as the BMW vehicle would have been for captain Mithali Raj after Team India's second place finish at the ICC Women's World Cup in England last week.

"Our women's cricket team has done exceedingly well and any form of appreciation will be less for them".

The Indian team finished as runner-ups in the event after losing narrowly by nine runs against hosts England in the final last Sunday and the skipper said her team deserves every bit of accolades.

Indian women's cricket team received a rousing reception on their arrival at a city hotel yesterday.

"Mithali Raj & Co has raised the hopes of millions of Indian girls who now want to take up cricket as a career".

"I can proudly say that I have led the team well", Mithali said, summing up her own tournament.

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They said that they felt proud, happy and inspired to know that the prime minister was following their progress, PMO said in a statement.

"The country was not aware much about the women's team prior to the World Cup, but now after the final match, people are aware about all women players".

He said that Indian women are leading the way in global sports arena with their wonderful performances from Rio Olympics to Paralympics and in games like hockey, wrestling, badminton, followed by this splendid performance in the Women's World Cup.

For a women's IPL, the general standard of the game needs to be good and Mithali feels that it has happened as the statistics of this World Cup suggests. Meshram got three chances early in the tournament, but a lack of consistency meant that she lost her place to Krishnamurthy, who made the opportunities count with her big hitting.

A state unit representative from west zone, who will be present at the SGM, has said, "I will propose that the cash award should be hiked to Rs 60 lakh for the players and Rs 30 lakh for the support staff".