ICC Women's World Cup final 2017: Mithali Raj feels nerves got the better of the Indian team

PTI, Jul, 24 2017

London: India captain Mithali Raj admitted to wilting under pressure in a tense run chase against England in the World Cup final but said they will walk out as a proud bunch.

"Yes, I'm proud of the team. It wasn't easy for England but credit to them for keeping their nerves. There was a time where the match was in the balance, but we panicked and that led to our defeat," Mithali said after the match.

"I'm very proud of the girls. They didn't make any match look easy for the other team. We did very well in the tournament. All the youngsters in the team tried their best," Mithali added.

File photo of India captain Mithali Raj. Reuters

File photo of India captain Mithali Raj. Reuters

Asked about her future, Mithali said, "I will definitely play for a couple of years more, but I don't see myself playing the next World Cup."

On Jhulan Goswami who took three wickets to restrict England to 228 for 7, she said, "Jhulan is an experienced bowler and has always delivered when the team has needed her to. It could've been a match-winning performance, but I knew England have depth."

"Thank you to the crowd for turning up for a women's cricket final. This is a huge boost for all the women cricketers. I'm sure this experience will help the players. Now, people back home will have a different perspective about women's cricket."

England captain Heather Knight said she "can't stop smiling".

"We knew that if we stayed on till the end and brought the rate up over five or six an over, we would be in the game," an elated Knight said.

"We have won those tight games which is something we have worked on in the last 18 months. We have worked on situations where the heat is on us and looked to come up on top."

The home skipper did not forget to praise gritty Indians.

"They were batting brilliantly, credit to them, they've had a great tournament."

"A huge thank you to the crowds as well for coming up in large numbers and supporting us. Women's cricket keeps growing from strength to strength and all teams have shown that," she concluded.

Published Date: Jul 24, 2017 | Updated Date: Jul 24, 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