The semi-final against Australia and if the Indian women are fortunate, Sunday’s final will decide her place in history as a captain, though she has long secured her position in the Elysium of women’s cricket, says Haresh Pandya.IMAGE: Mithali Raj is the mainstay of India’s batting. Photograph: BCCI If India finds itself in the semi-final of the women’s World Cup in England, much of the credit ought to go to Captain Mithali Raj who is also the mainstay of the team’s batting. It was thanks mainly to her hundred (a splendid 109 off 123 balls with 11 fours) as well as left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad’s rich haul (a stunning 5/15 off 7.3 overs), that India crushed New Zealand by 186 runs and made it to the last four in style. Considering their winning streak, it is only reasonable to hope that Mithali and company will avenge their solitary loss to the mighty Australians on July 12, and beat them in the semi-final at Derby on July 20. And if India eventually wins the World Cup, it will be the crowning glory of Mithali’s outstanding career spanning a little under two decades. The last World Cup was held in India, and… Read full this story
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