Diana Edulji wants Harmanpreet kaur to take over captaincy after Mithali Raj
Mithali Raj who scored a staggering 409 runs in the tournament will not be present in the squad when the team gives another shot at the World Cup in 2021.
Updated - Jul 25, 2017 4:56 pm
The Indian Women’s team’s journey at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride. Despite the team’s failure to lift the prestigious trophy, the Mithali Raj led side had a World Cup to remember in England.
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Their efforts were highly applauded by cricketing legends all over the World and the latest one to add to the list is former Indian Women’s team skipper and present CoA member Diana Edulji. Edulji pointed out that the girls had a set a target to reach the semi finals of the tournament, but the fact that they reached the final was incredible.
Diana Edulji said “We had targetted a semi-final berth initially but they went beyond that. It has been a great achievement. Sunday was historical day for Indian women’s cricket,”
This was the second time that the Indian Women’s team featured in the World Cup final. The previous time they did the same was back in 2005 in South Africa. According to Edulji, this time the final appearance got much more recognition unlike the previous one.
“Women’s cricket was not under BCCI at that time; It was run by Women’s Association of India. This time it was projected in a big way. Even ICC went all out to promote the event,” added Diana.
Mithali Raj who scored a staggering 409 runs in the tournament will not be present in the squad when the team gives another shot at the World Cup in 2021. This was also the last world cup for India’s leading bowler Jhulan Goswami who picked up 10 wickets in the tournament. With these two primary players falling victim to age, Edulji pointed out that it’s high time for the team to begin their hunt for replacements.
“We have to work on this and get their replacements ready,” she said.
Diana Edulji backed Harmanpreet Kaur to lead the side after Mithali Raj as she has the experience. When asked about the same, the retired international said “Harmanpreet has done it in the past.”