India’s ODI captain Mithali Raj, after semi-finals of the ongoing ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, on Thursday, posted an emotional message for the English cricket team, after their heartbreaking exit from the tournament.
England crashed out of the World Cup without a ball being bowled in the first semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Rain forced the match to be abandoned, and India progressed through to the finals owing to a superior place in the points table.
India ended up topping Group A after remaining undefeated in all four matches at the group stage. Meanwhile, England’s loss to South Africa in their first game of the tournament, eventually, cost them a berth in the finals of the tournament.
Many English cricketers frowned on the ICC for not allotting a reserve day for knockout matches in premier tournaments such as the Women’s T20 championship.
England finished at second place in Group B as South Africa remained undefeated in the group stage. South Africa shared a point with West Indies in a match that was washed out due to rain, thereby ending up topping Group B.
However, the South African women’s team suffered defeat at the hands of the defending champions Australia in the rain-curtailed second semi-finals.
“As an Indian, I am absolutely thrilled India has made it to the finals. But as a cricketer, I feel for the English girls. I’d never want to find myself or my team in that situation. But the rules are such and it is what it is. Congratulations girls. This is big. #INDvENG #T20WC,” Mithali Raj posted on Twitter.
Here’s the post:
As an indian I am absolutely thrilled india has made it to the finals . But as a cricketer I feel for the English girls . I’d never want to find myself or my team in that situation. But the rules are such and it is what it is. Congratulations girls.This is big. #INDvENG #T20WC
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) March 5, 2020
India has qualified for their maiden finals of the Women’s T20 World Cup and will face four-time winners and hosts, Australia, at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday, March 8.