Women’s WC: India admits to buckling under pressure

Aparna Parekh
London  : India players stand dejected prior to receiving their runners-up medals after losing the CC Women's World Cup final match against England, at Lord's, in London, Sunday, July 23, 2017. AP/PTI

London : India players stand dejected prior to receiving their runners-up medals after losing the CC Women’s World Cup final match against England, at Lord’s, in London, Sunday, July 23, 2017. AP/PTI

The Indian side has admitted to panicking and buckling under pressure after they lost to England in the ICC Women’s World Cup final at Lord’s on Sunday evening.

India lost by 9 runs to the hosts, losing 7 wickets for 28 runs in just 6.5 overs, while chasing a target of 229.

“It wasn’t easy for England but credit to them for keeping their nerves. There was a time where the match was in the balance, but we panicked and that led to our defeat,” India captain Mithali Raj said after the match.

“Everybody was very nervous and I think that resulted in our defeat. It’s about experience and about how composed we are in the situation. The girls weren’t experienced enough to do that, but the way they have fought through the tournament is heart-warming,” Raj added.

Having said that, Raj also said that she was proud of the girls in her team.

“Yes, I’m proud of the team…I’m very proud of the girls. They didn’t make any match look easy for the other team. We did very well in the tournament. All the youngsters in the team tried their best,” the captain said.

The Indian side appeared dejected and heart-broken after the humiliating loss.

At one point, India was completely in control of the match. But the batting crumbled after Punam Raut got out after knocking 86 runs.

London : England's Anya Shrubsole, centre, celebrates with teammates as England win the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 final match against India at Lord's in London, England, Sunday, July 23, 2017. AP/PTI

London : England’s Anya Shrubsole, centre, celebrates with teammates as England win the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 final match against India at Lord’s in London, England, Sunday, July 23, 2017. AP/PTI

India was 191/3 at 42.5 overs before the batting order collapse, and they were bowled out for 219 in 48.4 overs.

Opener Punam Raut’s 86 and Harmanpreet Kaur’s 51 had already set the base for a comfortable win, but then panic took over.

India losing its nerves, was England’s gain. Anya Shrubsle picked up 6 wickets, giving away just 46 runs, and grabbed the player of match trophy.

After bagging the 4th World Cup trophy for her country, English captain Heather Knight said that she couldn’t “stop smiling”

“We knew that if we stayed on till the end and brought the rate up – over five or six an over – we would be in the game.”

“We have won those tight games which is something we have worked on in the last 18 months. We have worked on situations where the heat is on us and looked to come up on top,” Knight added.

In the end, the tournament was a big thumbs up for Women’s cricket, something that both captains agreed to.

“A huge thank you to the crowds as well for coming up in large numbers and supporting us. Women’s cricket keeps growing from strength to strength and all teams have shown that,” Knight said.

Mithali too thanked the supporters, “Thank you to the crowd for turning up for a women’s cricket final. This is a huge boost for all the women cricketers. I’m sure this experience will help the players.”