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Indian cricket gears up for another historic moment in England, the sport’s home

India are one step closer to history as they aim to win the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 title and establish England as a place where they always achieve something special.

cricket Updated: Jul 22, 2017 18:51 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Mithali Raj-led India will take on England in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 final on Sunday. (AP )

Victory in an ICC event hosted in England is always special as the country is considered the home of cricket. India have savoured many special moments in England and the women need to just look back at them to derive inspiration ahead of Sunday’s final.

From the 1983 World Cup win under Kapil Dev that helped revolutionise the sport in India to the 2013 Champions Trophy win that made MS Dhoni the only captain to win the three ICC titles – others being World T20, 50-over World Cup, India have many happy moments there.

(Read | India vs England, Women’s Cricket World Cup: History awaits Mithali Raj & Co.)

Special for women too

England has also provided moments of glory for the women. Out of their three overseas Test series wins, two have come in England --- in 2006 and 2014. The other came in South Africa.

England was also the place where it all started to fall in place for India women. In the 1993 World Cup, the team lost by three runs to England at Finchampstead. According to Srirupa Bose, who played for India back then and acted as manager in later years, the loss changed the dynamics of the team.

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Speaking to Hindustan Times, Bose said, “The performance in that match made the world take us seriously and we started to be considered formidable opponents. We were invited to play the Centenary series in New Zealand in 1995. It also featured Australia and we won the tournament!”

Bose added that the fans support in England makes players feel at home. “I had gone to see two matches in this tournament and I saw plenty of Indian fans supporting the team. There were many people with Indian flags cheering the team,” Bose added.

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She also said that the current success mirrors the resurgence of women athletes in the country. “Sports is on the upswing in India, especially for women. The performance by this team will encourage girls and women to take up cricket.”

When asked about India’s prospects in the final, Bose said the team has nothing to fear.

(Read | ‘Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami deserve to play the final of their last World Cup’)

“Their morale is high following the big wins over Australia and New Zealand. Mithali Raj will be the key along with Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey. Mithali is the glue that is holding the team together,” she said.

Indian cricket has witnessed several glorious moments in England. At Lord’s, it will be Mithali’s turn to add another chapter in this historic journey.

First Published: Jul 22, 2017 18:33 IST