Indian women’s team had lost the historic Wold Cup finals yesterday that was held in The Lord against England by 8 runs. Had they had won it, it would have been the first World Cup for India and also for the Asian continent. All the editions so far has been won by Australia, England and New Zealand. Despite winning against England in the league match, this time, the Indian team fell short by 8 runs but still the team was hailed by many.
The tournament is the last match for Indian Captin Mithali Raj and Bowler Jhulan Goswami who finished at no.2 and no.1 in the number of runs being scored and number of wickets taken respectively. While Mithali who was the first in the planet to cross 6,000 runs had fell short by 1 run to be at the joint top. She scored 409 runs and became the first Indian to score above 400 runs in a World Cup tournament. With 28 wickets, Goswami shared the record with two more bowlers for having taken so many wickets in the World Cup.
Highlight of the tournaments apart from these two were Mandana and Harmanpreet Kaur. It was Kaur’s blitzkrieg of 171 not out against Australia in the semis which sealed the berth for India’s finals.
In 2010-11, when she was in dire need of a job, the Punjab government snubbed her application for a job n the Punjab Police.
“We had approached the Punjab Police and requested them to employ her. She had already represented India and was a regular bymember of the national team. We were told that there is no provision for employment in Punjab Police for female cricketers.” said Harmandar Singh Bhullar, father of Harmanpreet Kaur.
Harmanpreet was inducted into Western Railways job in 2013 after she was recommended for the post by the Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar. Now the news has emerged few minutes back that Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh has offered a post in Punjab Police for her stellar performance in the World Cup. It is yet to be seen whether Harmanpreet would take up the offer.
Earlier, Indian Cricket Board has also announced a gratification of Rs.50 Lakhs to each player in the Indian Tem.