“Surprised is probably the wrong word,” says the Indian skipper Mithali Raj about how her team has come this far to be a part of history or rather stand at the cusp of creating one at Lord’s on Sunday (July 23). Raj reveals that she had tremendous belief in her girls, only thing she she didn’t know was how they were going to respond in the big event. While Raj noted that it was always about handling the situation, her opposite number, England skipper Heather Knight attributed her team’s success to ‘honesty’. “We haven’t been perfect, we’ve never said we are the finished article. We’re definitely not that. We’re not the perfect team. But we are a team that functions really well and plays for each other,” Knight adds.
“Things have changed immensely for women cricketers. We have been getting a lot of calls from various parts of the country to acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of the team so far. Everybody is happy the way the team has performed throughout the tournament. It’s just one more game, it can change the fortunes of women’s cricket in India,” Raj
“We’ve prepared for this. Everything we’ve done has been about making this final and coming here earlier in the year definitely helped us be overawed by the venue,” she adds. “Actually, a lot us have grown up training here. A lot of the squad have been on the MCC Young Cricketers Scheme and have spent lots of summers here training. Obviously not playing at the ground but being at the venue and taking it all in. I live eight miles down the road so it almost feels like a second home for me, I spend so much time here,” she added.