Cricketers past and present react to team India’s final loss

“The final of the World Cup was extremely intense. The ladies put on an extraordinary effort but it’s unfortunate that the result did not go our way," said R. Ashwin on asked about India's defeat.

The India team is dejected after the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 Final against England and India at Lord's Cricket Ground.   -  Getty Images

India lost to England in the narrowest of margins in the Women’s World Cup final at Lord’s on Sunday evening. The Blues went from a comfortable 191-3 to get bowled out for 218 in its chase of 228 in one of the best matches in cricket history.

India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin speaking to the media ahead of his side’s first test against Sri Lanka in Galle spoke of the final, the team’s World Cup campaign and what it would do for women’s cricket in the country.

“The final of the World Cup was extremely intense. The ladies put on an extraordinary effort but it’s unfortunate that the result did not go our way. It’s difficult to put a finger on why we lost, but the effort has put women’s cricket right back on the map and it’s going to change the way women’s cricket is perceived in India. That’s a lot to look forward to rather than looking at the result,” he said.

Cricketers of past and present felt for these girls as they took to social media sites to offer their commiserations for the valiant effort.

Cricket icon and former India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar shared the team’s pain through his tweet.

 

The Indian men’s team on tour in Sri Lanka watched the final together and commended the women’s performance

 

 

 

 

2011 World Cup winner Suresh Raina was in awe of the team’s display.

 

Former Test great V.V.S Laxman said the team has won the hearts of the entire country.

 

Sri Lanka cricketer Angelo Mathews congratulated both the sides for a superb final.

 

Anjum Chopra, former India women’s captain, drew on her own experience from 2005 when India lost to Australia in the final.

 

Former India coach Anil Kumble called the team’s run an inspiration.

 

Former India opener Virender Sehwag thanked the girls and felt this World Cup is the start of something special for women’s cricket in India.

 

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