India captain Mithali Raj felt it was down to which set of players held their nerve under pressure. The India captain, however, credited her teammates for a stellar campaign at the World Cup, that also saw them ousting six-time champions Australia in the semis.
In chase of 229, India appeared on course with Punam Raut (86) and Harmanpreet Kaur (51) adding a 95-run partnership for the third wicket. Even after Harmanpreet’s exit in the 34th over, Veda Krishnamurthy’s positive approach didn’t let England claw their way back completely. Raut and Krishnamurthy looked primed to take India home, until Anya Shrubsole dismissed the former in the 43rd over. From 191 for 3, India endured a complete collapse in the face of pressure as they lost the last seven wickets for 28 runs.
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“Jhulan is a class bowler, she has shown it a number of times. She has had an excellent career, very long… and inspirational for young cricketers,” Raj said.
The 34-year-old Indian captain confirmed after the game that she has indeed played her last World Cup, but vowed to prolong her career.
“I do see myself playing for a couple of years but I don’t see myself playing another World Cup,” she said.