CHIN UP, GIRLS!

India Today - - UPFRONT -

The World Cup was there for the tak­ing for the women in blue, at least as long as Pu­nam Raut was at the crease. A bat­ting col­lapse meant In­dia fin­ished nine runs short. Swing bowler Anya Shrub­sole took six wick­ets, five in just 19 balls, as she skit­tled out the In­dian lower or­der. Still, it was a thrilling fi­nal and In­dia had an out­stand­ing tour­na­ment, with skip­per Mithali Raj break­ing records and ri­valling her male coun­ter­parts for at­ten­tion. The feats of Jhu­lan Goswami, Har­man­preet Kaur’s 171 not out, off 115 balls in the semi­fi­nal against Aus­tralia, and Raut’s ex­cel­lent in­nings in the fi­nal will be justly cel­e­brated. As now, surely, will be the women’s game.

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