The Indian women's cricket team missed out on winning their maiden ICC World Cup title by a whisker after suffering a narrow nine-run loss to hosts England in the final at Lord's on Sunday. Veteran India bowler Jhulan Goswami revealed the team could not sleep that night as they could not stop thinking about what could have been.
"It's heart-breaking and we need to come out of this phase. I could not sleep last night, in fact, none of us could. We stayed put in the dressing room long after the presentation ceremony was over and got back to our hotel rooms late," Jhulan told The Times of India on Monday morning. "I really don't want to look back and analyse the final. It's too painful."
England chose to bat after winning the toss and had set a 229-run target for Mithali Raj and Co. In spite of a slow start, India managed to take the control of the game, only to succumb to the pressure in the final stages of the match. The veteran bowler – who played her second World Cup final – rued the missed chances and said India needed to execute their plans better.
The 34-year-old played her fourth and probably her last World Cup on Sunday, and it was her fearless bowling that brought India back into the match. She effected a double strike in her seventh over, taking the all-important wickets of Sarah Taylor – who was looking set for a long partnership with Natalie Sciver – and Fran Wilson on consecutive deliveries.
In the first ball of her ninth over, Jhulan then sent Sciver packing to put the brakes on the England innings. She also said that her job in the final was to get early breakthroughs as she tried to bowl a tight line and that paid dividends in the end. However, the defeat was hard to swallow, especially having performed brilliantly throughout the tournament.
"We cannot bring back what's gone. It's time to look ahead. I am extremely proud of the girls and the way we played in the tournament," Jhulan concluded.