Mithali Raj says she didn't expect such a grand response to India's performance in Women's World Cup

PTI, Aug, 01 2017

Hyderabad: Indian women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj on Tuesday said she did not expect such a grand response in the country to her team's performance in the recent World Cup and hoped the support would continue in future.

File photo of Mithali Raj. PTI

File photo of Mithali Raj. PTI

"I did not expect that there will be such a reception in India. We lost the match (final) and as a team we were all very sad," she told reporters here on the sidelines of an event.

The appreciation, including from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been very nice, she said.

"But, this appreciation and positive feedback, from Prime Minister to the chief minister (of Telangana), it's been really nice. Because, all these years, nobody gave us this kind of acknowledgement," she said.

There has been a positive atmosphere for the team with the matches being shown live on television and the social media also playing a role, she said.

"The team also did well in the world cup. Overall I think it was, I wouldn't say, good, because of the result. But, we have created that buzz about women's cricket in India among people. I am only hoping it will be good times from henceforth," Raj added.

The Indian women's cricket team finished runner-up, losing to England by nine runs in a nail-biting final.

Raj had on 12 July created a world record by becoming the first player to cross 6,000 runs in the history of women's One-Day Internationals (ODIs) during the World Cup match against Australia in Bristol.

Published Date: Aug 01, 2017 | Updated Date: Aug 01, 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