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World Cup heroine Shrubsole lives out Lord's dream

25 Juillet 2017

What they demonstrated in their coruscating run to the final of the World Cup was that there is plenty of sporting talent in India and the people should be less condescending when it comes to assessing the efforts of women in sport. Krishnamurthy had raised hopes with a cameo but her sloppy shot selection off Anya Shrubsole in the 45th over changed the script as it exposed the tailenders to a pressure situation which they could not cope with.

The 34-year-old played her fourth and probably her last World Cup on Sunday, and it was her fearless bowling that brought India back into the match.

England won the toss and elected to bat in front of a sell-out crowd and started strongly with openers Lauren Winfield and Tammy Beaumont playing positively. A dream has come true, a dream to play good cricket. It would be a pegging down of expectations from a proud, skilled set of cricketers if the team is offered consolatory platitudes about having done well enough to reach the threshold of the world title. That's what I'm proud of.

Two days before the ICC Women's World Cup final, Ian Shrubsole, the father of England fast bowler Anya, shared a photo of her at Lord's on social media. One became two as Hartley bowled Sushma Verma, before Shrubsole tore up the script with two wickets in the space of three balls - leaving India with 28 to win and three wickets in hand. The board that controls cricket in the country announced that they would reward each of the players with a sum of Rs.50 Lakh each for their contribution and work that helped them in entering the final.

'But the great thing about this team is that we never give up. All the youngsters tried their best, I'm sure this experience will help them.

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Sarah Taylor, when India were still in the game needing 14 off the last three overs.

"But the more time goes the less she needs advice from me".

Jhulan's new-ball partner Shikha Pandey (up one place to 12th) and leg-spinner Poonam Yadav (up six places to a career-best 28th) are other India bowlers to move up.

In the space of one day, 9.4 overs and six wickets, the dream very quickly turned into a fairytale reality for Shrubsole, now an ICC Women's World Cup victor and player of the final.

The final was watched by a worldwide TV audience of around 100 million and Shrubsole says it felt like a milestone occasion for the English women's game, prompting messages of congratulations from the likes of Jeremy Corbyn.

World Cup heroine Shrubsole lives out Lord's dream