India find themselves in the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup after a gap of 12 years. Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami are the only survivors from the team that played in the final in 2005.
“Now that the team has done well, in the run up to the finals everybody will be glued to the television on Sunday. If we can pull it off nothing like it, I probably wouldn’t have a word to describe it. It definitely will help the future of women’s cricket.
“I’m sure its going to be a different experience to what I have faced in 2005. Back then it wasn’t as big a base as it is now. I think in 2005 hardly anybody knew that India have qualified for the final, because they were all too involved with men’s cricket, nobody really paid attention to the Indian women’s team. The match wasn’t televised as well so we couldn’t really garner that many viewers at that point of time. But now you know it will be a a big achievement for the girls if they pull it off.
I personally feel the girls need to enjoy being in an atmosphere like that. Each one of them will be the lucky ones to be a part of the finals to play at Lord’s, because every cricketer dreams of playing there because of the history.”
According to Raj, women’s cricket has gained more followers because the matches are being televised. “It’s important when the matches are televised to showcase a very good brand of cricket because people now have started to follow women’s cricket,” she pointed out. “So, it is important that we play the best cricket as women cricketers and put forward to viewers to watch and continue to support women’s cricket. That’s how we attract more people to come and watch women’s cricket.”