ICC Women's World Cup 2017: Indian women lifting trophy will be bigger than men's 2011 win, says Gautam Gambhir

PTI, Jul, 22 2017

New Delhi: Gautam Gambhir believes that if India go on to win the Women's World Cup in England tomorrow, it will be a bigger feat than the men wining the 2011 World Cup.

"Indian women reaching the final has inspired a lot of girls in the country. They are on step away from creating history," Gambhir told ESPNcricinfo.

India's Jhulan Goswami, 3rd right, celebrates after bowling Australia's Meg Lanning, left, during the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 semifinal match between Australia and India at County Ground in Derby, England, Thursday, July 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

India celebrate during the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 semi-final against Australia at Derby, England. AP

"I genuinely believe that if they go on to win this World Cup, this is going to be bigger than India winning the men's 2011 World Cup. Because back then, we were the favourites to win the title at home," said Gambhir, who had made a match winning 97 in the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka.

India progressed to the final of the tournament after beating Australia in the semi-final thanks largely to a blistering ton by Harmanpreet Kaur.

Kaur has since been getting congratulatory messages from various noted personalities from Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to former India captain Sourav Ganguly.

The CM said Kaur has done the state proud by becoming the second highest scorer for India in women's ODI.

Ganguly also believes India are favourites going into the final against hosts England on Sunday.

Gambhir also said India will overwhelm Sri Lanka in the test series beginning on 26 July.


Published Date: Jul 22, 2017 | Updated Date: Jul 22, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115