Last time India played Final in the Lords was in 1983 under the leadership of the legendary Kapil Dev. The Lords is also famous for another incident of removing T-shirt by Saurav Ganguly. It was again on 23rd July, the whole country gathered in Lords (at least mentally if not physically) when Women in Blue were chasing England in the Women World Cup Final!
There was an impressive start in the first inning after restricting England to 228/7 with the stupendous efforts and performance of Goswami & Company, India couldn’t put the match in its favour. It was a heart-rending situation for the Mithali Raj & Company who even after a heroic struggle lost the title where they have already been considered underdogs. After passing through some hurdles in the league stage they proved their presence in the World Cup 2017 with a “do or die” match against New Zealand with the combined efforts of the whole team including the captain’s knock along with the fifer of Gayakwad. Can we ever forget the superb 171* innings against Australia by Harmanpreet Kaur which paved the India into final.
An Inspiring Journey
The feat which they attained again after 12 years clearly embarks the inspiring journey of girls in a country where we are still wrapped in the conservative mentality. It seems quite pathetic when a certain community of people condemn the girls for being an active participant in sports. There is a dire need to salute those parents who believe in their children. Each one of them be it Harmanpreet Kaur who was criticized by a senior police officer; “You’re no Bhajji that we will give you a job” when she was in a dire need of job even after playing National cricket for more than two years or it be Punam Raut who belonged from a lower-middle class family deserve special accolades.
Girls Being Recognized
The announcement of BCCI to award each team member with a cash prize of Rs 50 lacs and Rs 25 lacs to the support staffs was a much needed and welcome step. The announcement of cash prize of Rs 5 lacs to Harmanpreet for her incredible inning was an adorable step by the state government. The best wishes from our honourable PM Narendra Modi and M.S. Dhoni, the World Cup winning captain clearly reflect the changing era of women’s cricket. These rewards and recognitions will definitely bring a new phase in the women’s cricket. Not only the girls will feel motivated but also it will be a torch-bearer for those parents who criticize the game for being in wilderness where you do not earn well for your well-being. These recognitions will not only bring the game into limelight but also it will inspire the young girls to pursue a career in order to serve the country.
Time has come not to repent on the defeat as victory and defeat are a part of game. The girls deserve a pat on their shoulders who have made the Mother India proud with their exemplary performance.