ICC Women's World Cup 2017: Mithali Raj and Co felicitated by Sports Minister Vijay Goel

PTI, Jul, 27 2017

New Delhi: Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Thursday felicitated the Indian women's cricket team for its spectacular performance in the ICC World Cup, saying this will inspire the country's youth to take up sports as a career option.

India lost to hosts England by nine runs in the final of the mega-event at Lord's after a campaign that forced the entire country to follow and support the women in blue.

India Women's Cricket Team with Sports Minister Vijay Goel.

India Women's Cricket Team with Sports Minister Vijay Goel. Image courtesy: Twitter/@M_Raj03

"Our women's cricket team has done exceedingly well and any form of appreciation will be less for them. Despite ending as runner-ups, I feel that the women's team has won the finals because they have won the hearts of the entire country," Goel said.

Welcoming the team, Goel said these players have "inspired youths, especially millions of young women across the country to take up sports as a career".

"From Rio Olympics to Paralympics and in games like hockey, wrestling, badminton, and now the splendid performance in the Women's World Cup, Indian women are leading the way in the international sporting arena. The minister said that the message is clear - Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao and now Beti Khilao," the ministry said in a statement.

Reiterating Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's vision to involve youth in sports, Goel said the idea is "Kheloge to Khiloge (Those who play, they shine)" to develop the overall personality of the youth.

He stated that this performance will also inspire India's football team in the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Goel said the ministry's doors are open 24x7 for players and best facilities will be provided to them.

Goel also felicitated the coaches and the support staff for their efforts behind the scene.

Sharing her experience, captain Mithali Raj appreciated the performance of each member of the team and thanked the prime minister and sports minister for their encouragement.

Star performers Harmanpreet Kaur and Poonam Raut were among the cricketers present on the occasion.

On Thursday, the Indian team was given a rousing reception in Mumbai on its return from London.

Published Date: Jul 27, 2017 | Updated Date: Jul 27, 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 4717 115
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