Captain's innings propels India Eve's to World Cup Semi-final

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Raj Kishore Mishra|16-Jul-2017 12:24

A leader is one who steps up to the plate when the chips are down. The Indian women's cricket team was in a do-or-die situation in their last World Cup league match against the New Zealand Eve's. At stake was a semi-final spot while a defeat would have signaled the end of their journey. That's when their skipper Mithali Raj proved to the world what a fine leader she was. Both the team's prolific openers were out for next to nothing and the team was in dire straits. 

A calm and composed skipper not only steadied the ship but took total control of the proceedings. Her steely resolve had a salutary effect on a hitherto out of form Harmanpreet Kaur and the duo stitched up a century plus partnership to take India to a healthy position. 

Mithali's brilliant century coupled with a disciplined 60 from Harmanpreet and another quick fire half century from Veda Krishnamurthy propelled India to a total of 265 runs. The captain then marshalled her bowling resources to skittle the Kiwis cheaply and inflict on them a crushing 186 run defeat. Only the other day she had made history by becoming the first woman cricketer to reach 6000 ODI runs. But she didn't rest on her laurels. 

There was a job to be done and how magnificently did she rise to the occasion! The country's proud of you, Mithali Raj. Keep going and bring home the World Cup!