Former cricketer Virender Sehwag praised the Indian Women’s team for their efforts despite losing the final match of ICC Women’s World Cup 2020. They were defeated brutally by the Australian team at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Aussies beat India by 85. runs on Sunday and became the winner of the title for the 5th time.
The 16-year-old, Shafali Verma made 163 runs in the whole tournament and a strike rate over 158. However, at the finals, Megan Schutt sent her back in the first over itself. Australia succeeded in playing mind games and restricted Verma to only 2 runs. This was a major setback for team India as it had a run chase of 185 runs.
Batting side of India soon fell apart as Mandhana, Rodrigues, Harmanpreet, and Bhatia could not take the pressure of the game. Comparatively, Deepti Sharma performed fairly well with 33 runs. They ended up making 99 runs before getting all out.
Sehwag, who is a part of India Legends in the Road Safety World Series 2020 wrote on Twitter that Harmanpreet’s led side gave their everything and that they just a bad day.
Our girls gave their everything, just had one bad day but it was so wonderful to see the way in which they played barring today .Wishing them better luck next time. Congratulations to Australia on winning the #T20WorldCup
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 8, 2020
The former vice-captain consoled the Women’s team as he himself had been a part of such a loss in 2003 World Cup finals. He wished them good luck for the future and congratulated the Australian team on their incredible win.
“Our girls gave their everything, just had one bad day but it was so wonderful to see the way in which they played barring today. Wishing them better luck next time. Congratulations to Australia on winning the #T20WorldCup — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 8, 2020”
In the final match on March 8, Meg Lanning’s side won the toss and chose to bat first. The opening partnership stole the show as Beth Mooney was unbeaten at 78 runs and Alyssa Healy made 75 in 39 balls. Together they added 115 runs to their squad, who by the end of 20 overs made 184/4.
The Indian bowlers Poonam Yadav and Radha Yadav took one wicket each, while Deepti Sharma took 2 wickets in 38 runs. Their efforts could not, however, stop Australia from winning at their home ground.