Indian women cricket team captain Mithali Raj nailed the performance by scoring 109 runs against New Zealand in the last league match of the ongoing ICC Women world cup
New Zealand tasted the spice of defeat by 186 runs after the blistering batting order sounded like anything and flowed the situation in the favor of the Indian Women Cricket team, Mithali Raj is not only the captain of the team she is considered to be the backbone of the batting order as well
She is now considered to be the Sachin Tendulkar of Indian women Cricket team as because she has got the maximum number of runs in the history of Indian women cricket team and throughout the world as well, she is a fantastic star the world is still waiting to witness some great performances apart from this
"I'm extremely happy because for a couple of us, this is going to be the last World Cup," Raj said. "So, our first aim was to qualify for the semis. I have always been happy to score runs for the country. I've always dreamed getting more and more runs because the hunger never dies."
This is not the end of performances by the Indian Women Cricket team there are some others too that have performed to the best of their ability so as to make the Indian women cricket team reach heights that they still consider it to be a rising sun
While Raj registered a century (109), Harmanpreet and Veda stroked contrasting fifties – 90-ball 60 and 45-ball 70 – respectively.
"There were two important and crucial partnerships," she said. "One with Harmanpreet and the other with Veda. Her contribution was really very crucial. When you're chasing 250 plus there is always pressure. I think the bowlers did a great job.
"It's always important that if the fast bowlers give you those couple of early wickets, then the spinners really don't have the pressure of getting the first wicket," Raj said. "It happened in the last two games, against Australia and South Africa, that the spinners had lot of pressure when they came in to get that one wicket.
"But today, when we had Suzie Bates in the second over, we knew they were already on the back foot because when you're chasing 260-plus, the team always looks for the openers to give them a good start."
Gayakwad, who was brought into the Playing XI in place of Ekta Bisht for the do-or-die encounter, bagged her first fifer. "I was happy that the team is winning. Not upset because I didn't get a game so far. Got my chance today and happy that I delivered," the 26-year old bowler said.
"I have been doing normal stuff, just trying to stick to my strengths. It was fun carrying drinks all along thus far. This is the best performance of my career. I always got four-fers, but never a fifer. So I would rate this as my best."