Right time for women’s IPL: Mithali

In­dian cap­tain blames ner­vous­ness and lack of ex­pe­ri­ence for World Cup fi­nal loss to Eng­land

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Lon­don, UK - Mithali Raj, the In­dian cap­tain, put down In­dia's nine-run loss in the World Cup fi­nal at Lord's on Sun­day to ner­vous­ness and lack of ex­pe­ri­ence in fin­ish­ing close games.

In­dia lost seven wick­ets for 28 runs af­ter look­ing set to clinch its maiden World Cup ti­tle. It slumped from 191 for three to 219 all out in chase of 229.

But even in dis­ap­point­ment, Mithali chose to fo­cus on her team's "spe­cial jour­ney".

"Every­body was very ner­vous and I think that re­sulted in our de­feat," she said.

Mithali, who con­firmed that this was her last World Cup game, hoped In­dia's per­for­mance would serve as the start of a gi­ant leap for women's cricket in In­dia.

"The re­sponse from the pub­lic is very pos­i­tive. I'm sure BCCI is very proud of the team. When we lost the warm-up games, no one gave us the chance to reach the semi­fi­nals," she said.

"When we lost to South Africa and Aus­tralia, no one thought we would get to the fi­nal. A team like that has come to the fi­nals and given a good fight to the home team.

"The WBBL (Women's Big Bash League in Aus­tralia) has given ex­po­sure to the two girls who have played [Sm­riti Mand­hana and Har­man­preet Kaur]. If more girls par­tic­i­pate in such leagues, it will give them ex­pe­ri­ence and help them to im­prove their own game. If you ask me they should have (women's) IPL be­cause now is the right time to cre­ate that base. Women's cricket is ev­ery­where and they have put up a much bet­ter stan­dard than the last World Cup."

‘Proud of team’

"The girls are sad be­cause they have given it their all. Its nat­u­ral and it will take time. These girls have set the plat­form. They have opened a lot of chan­nels for women's cricket. They should be proud.

"As a cap­tain I am very proud. I have seen the changes the girls have made. I've seen the tran­si­tion. The team still looks very con­fi­dent they will be a team that other teams will be look­ing out for. That's what I'm proud of. We started off well. We had a few matches in which

we were de­feated and we came back stronger. Un­like 2005, this went to the end. The girls gave their best."

With­out tak­ing any names, Mithali said the mid­dle and lower or­der had not been able to han­dle the pres­sure of the chase.

"The last four or five bat­ters could not han­dle the pres­sure," Mithali said. "At one point, the game was in the bal­ance. That is when we didn't hold our nerve. Their bowl­ing and field­ing was re­ally up.

"We messed it up in the end. It was a very brave in­nings from Pu­nam [Raut]. It's about ex­pe­ri­ence and how com­posed you are. The girls weren't ex­pe­ri­enced enough to do it. But the way they have fought all along the tour­na­ment is very heart­warm­ing. The In­dian women's team has a very bright fu­ture."

(AFP)

In­dian skip­per Mithali Raj re­act af­ter los­ing the ICC Women's World Cup fi­nal to Eng­land at Lord's in Lon­don, UK, on Sun­day

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