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Indian Women’s team won the hearts of 1.25 crore Indians: Anurag Thakur

Thakur asserted that if provided with more exposure and proper facilities, the Women’s team’s performances would improve by bounds.

Anurag Thakur
Former BCCI president Anurag Thakur. (Photo by SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Indian Women’s cricket team enjoyed a dream run at the recently concluded Women’s World Cup in England. They made it all the way to the final after defeating teams like New Zealand and Australia. Although they were handed a narrow loss in the final by England, it was an incredible achievement.

While Mithali Raj was spectacular throughout the tournament, Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut, Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma and Jhulan Goswami performed commendably. Harmanpreet, in particular, starred in the big semi-final against Australia and hogged all the limelight.

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Amidst the rounds of felicitations and appreciation former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Anurag Thakur, has hailed Mithali & Co. for their “exemplary” performance in the tournament. He said that despite the fact that they were unable to win the top prize, they won the hearts of every Indian. He also mentioned how everyone was proud of their achievements.

Exemplary performance

Thakur was present at a felicitation ceremony in New Delhi to felicitate wicketkeeper batswoman, Sushma Verma. “Every Indian is feeling proud of the performance of the women’s cricket team. Their performance was exemplary. Even though they were unable to win the World Cup, they won the hearts of 1.25 crore Indians,” Thakur told ANI.

“Especially, for us it was a great achievement as wicketkeeper Sushma Verma made the people of Himachal Pradesh proud,” the former HPCA president who is a Member of Parliament added.

Thakur further asserted that if provided with more exposure and proper facilities, the Women’s team’s performances would improve by bounds.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Women in Blue were welcomed back to the country with a rousing reception at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. It seems like things are about to get better in the women’s cricketing scene in the country is about to improve, just as Mithali had reckoned after the final.

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