Indian Women’s cricket team headed back home on Wednesday after a phenomenal run at the ICC Women’s Wold Cup in England. The Women in Blue lost the finals against a formidable England team who won the trophy for the fourth time.
Indian eves received an overwhelming welcome from their fans and family on returning back home. People flocked the Mumbai airport to catch a glimpse of their heroes.
Indian skipper Mithali Raj hailed her girls for playing great cricket throughout the tournament. She also appreciated BCCI’s contribution in women’s cricket, saying that since coming under BCCI in 2007 the women’s team has got best of the facilities and things are looking really well for women’s cricket in India.
On being asked about the future of women’s cricket in the country, Mithali said, “This is a progressing phase for women’s cricket.”
“For the girls who are interested in cricket I think this is a good time for taking up cricket as career, the perceptions of people have changed and BCCI is helping women’s cricket grow by providing great facilities,” she added.

NewsX also managed to catch up with Mona Meshram of Indian women’s team. The cricketer was an integral member of the Indian contingent that went for the World Cup.
The story of women’s cricket has really changed after the recently concluded World Cup. People have come forward in all sorts to celebrate the victories of Indian women in England, but the recognition is new and was not regular before this tournament.
On being asked about the good response that Indian women’s team has got after the World Cup, Mona said, “People talking about Indian women’s cricket team feels good as earlier there was no recognition.”
“All the matches were televised and now people could recognize us,” she added.
India lost the final in a last moment turn-around at Lord’s, which left the whole team disappointed but the team stayed together and supported each other well.

“We cried when we lost, but everyone was supporting each other,” said Mona on the final breakdown.
In her message to all the aspiring female cricketers who want to take up the sport, Mona said, “I would like to tell the aspiring women players to keep playing their game and work hard.”


Poonam Raut, another key member of the team, conveyed a strong message to all the aspiring women cricketers. She said, “Whatever game you play, give your 100% to it.”
She was also overwhelmed on the amazing reception back home and said that “making it to the finals was a big achievement and the youngsters will be motivated”.
Indian women’s team still has a long way to go, and with Mithali and Jhulan Goswami inching towards the end of their formidable careers, the team will have to work more on their weaknesses and sustain well in their absence of the seniors.