Hyderabad: The Indian women’s cricket made history on Thursday as they made it to the final of the women’s T20 World Cup for the first time ever. India entered the way they wouldn’t have wanted to as the semi-final against England was called off due to rain at the Sydney cricket ground (SCG).
India being the table-toppers of the Group-A following their unbeaten run in the league stage made it to the final of the tournament.
The women in blue had a clinical run in this World cup as both the batters and bowlers delivered what they were expected to. The team won games both chasing and defending in the likes of Shafali Verma, Deepthi Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues with the bat and Poonam Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Radha Yadav and Rajeshwari Gayakwad with the ball.
Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur couldn’t contribute with the bat but made crucial decisions on the field besides taking good catches on the field.
India’s 16-year-old superwoman, Shafali Verma also made a huge climb up the ladder of the women’s T20I batting rankings, with a jump of 19 places to the top. She is ranked at the top with 761 points. She has only played 18 T20Is.
Now that Harmanpreet Kaur and team have made it to their maiden final, they will either face South Africa or Australia in the final as both the teams will lock horns in the second semi-final of the tournament, later today.
The final of the T20 World Cup will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Women’s day ( March 8).
Team India will now look to continue their dominant unbeaten run and get over the line in the big final to lift the Women’s T20 World Cup for the very first time.