At the event, held in the national capital, Goel also said that this performance by the Indian team will also motivate India's U-17 team that is preparing for the upcoming FIFA World Cup. "I think no one should have any objection if they are being paid more", a state unit representative from west zone, who will be present at the SGM, said unofficially. Though India lost to England by 9 runs in the final of the tournament at Lord's, they were welcomed at their home like champions as their performance drove the entire nation to follow and support the Indian women cricketers.
Why this disparity at a time when the BCCI and all its units, including the CAL, have adopted women's cricket at par with men's?
All-rounder and Twenty20 global skipper Harmanpreet Kaur acknowledged the grand welcome her team received. "They always deserved this attention, now because of broadcasting and televising of the game it is more, coming under BCCI has made a difference", Mithali who scored 409 runs in the tournament and became leading run-scorer in women's One-day Internationals, said.
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Among those who giggled at Raj's response was Smriti Mandhana, who expressed her astonishment at the adulation the team received, not just upon landing, but also on social media in the aftermath of the final. I played a lot of rash shots that got me out. "The preparation was very good", she said, reiterating that she will continue playing for another 2-3 years. During CAL's annual function, which took place after a gap of 10 years early this month, women cricketer of the year Shivangi Raj was given Rs 11,000 while the male player of year in Under-16 category was given Rs 31,000.
"After the first two matches, I played the other games with the same confidence level but my shot selection was not right and I was disappointed with that". The 28-year-old is also the first Indian to play in Women's Big Bash in Australia and now hopes the country can have a league of its own.
"We are much more open than we were". This world cup has been very tough. He finds it assuring that everyone has started watching and keeping track of women's cricket. It is the same belief Harmanpreet Kaur, almost 12 hours later, exuded when asked if the reality of the reception could likely take longer to sink in than her unbeaten 171 against Australia.
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