It has already been a year to the nail-biting & historic ICC T20I World Cup where India made a debut to the finals making history and aiming at the first-ever world cup win and Australia aimed to clinch their 5th world cup title! On This Day last year, the historic women’s world cup took place. Let us relive those beautiful moments.
After winning all the league matches and the semi-final against England being abandoned due to rain at the World cup 2020, India created history by entering the T20 world cup finals as they went on to play against the then 4-time champions – Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Post the toss win, Australian captain Meg Lanning opted to bat first and posted a total of 184 runs in 20 overs, at the loss of 4 wickets. The opening partnership of Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney went on strong till 115 before the former was dismissed for 75. Both the openers were dropped in the initial stage of the first innings and hence went on to hit hard, getting a partnership of 115 runs. Mooney was the top scorer of the match scoring 78 runs and he also became the highest scorer in the entire tournament with a total of 259 runs in her bag.
India’s innings started off bad as the top order was dismissed in the power play itself! Though they were bowled out on 99, the team surely gave a tough competition to others thereby making their mark in the tournament. India’s youngest player Shafali Verma made her mark in the tournament through her performance and she also entered the ICC’s list of top batters.
The final showdown made history and created great records. The response that the tournament received from its viewers was exquisite! The final match between India and Australia saw 86174 attendees at the MCG, record-breaking attendance at a women’s sporting event. It also became the most-watched women’s cricket event with 1.1 billion views on the ICC channels and 5.4 billion viewing minutes in India and 1.2 million TV viewers from Australia.
“Truly I believe that Women’s cricket has come into the mainstream now”, said Mithali Raj.
“This moment is the glorious moment for me”, said Anjum Chopra.
We surely agree with what these great personalities had said during the final match, and why wouldn’t we? What a great moment it was for team India to play in front of such a large audience and an even better moment for Australia who defended the title with great wit and style, to be proudly called the 5-time world champions!
Hard to believe it is already a year to that historic night when the Australian team lifted their 5th T20 World Cup 🏆😃
Where did you watch this iconic match? pic.twitter.com/JXclQMlTWS
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) March 8, 2021
The ICC T20I World Cup 2020 has seen all the happiness and sorrow in equal proportions and surely has been one of the best tournaments in women’s sporting history!