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Smriti Mandhana reveals moments of heartbreak from India’s dressing room after World Cup final defeat

first_imgIndia’s dressing room was far from a happy sight after a batting implosion resulted in a horror defeat to England in the Women’s World Cup final at Lord’s, revealed Smriti Mandhana after reaching home.Having restricting England to a modest 228, India suffered a dramatic collapse to let the match slip. As the wickets fell, the spirit in the Indian camp also fell and by the end, there was a look of extreme grief, shock and disappointment on the faces of each of the players.Mandhana spoke of the eerie quietness in the dressing post the loss and how the reception they got on the Airport when they returned made them feel better.”We were pretty sad after the final but after seeing the reception in India, we felt like we had done something special.”It was a quiet dressing room. We had come so close and were very sad that we could not do it for Mithali and Jhulan. That haunted us more than anything else,” Mandhana said at the press conference.Mandhana hoped that after the experience of a World Cup final, the girls will only improve.”Out of the 15 players in the squad, 13 were playing the final for the first time and hopefully this experience with help and we will not make the same mistakes again,” Mandhana expressed.Mandhana had a great start to the World Cup with 90 runs against England in the opener and she followed that up with a 106 not out against West Indies but post those two knocks, Mandhana’s form dropped and could not put anything substantial on the board.advertisement”It was a good start for me in the World Cup but then it turned into a quiet one. I know the mistakes I did and will work on not making the same mistakes again,” Mandhana told.Mandhana talked of the experience she and Harmanpreet drew from the Big Bash League in Australia and backed a women’s IPL.”The Women’s Big Bash League was a good experience for me and Harmanpreet (Kaur). We discovered much more individuality there and got to know other bowlers better, so it was a very good experience. If women’s IPL is organised in India, it will be very beneficial for Indian players,” Mandhana said.Mandhana revealed the dressing room was full of nerves during the final and reiterated that this team will only get better from here.”We were very nervous watching the final. Throughout the chase, the entire dressing room kept praying.”Through the tournament, a new player stepped up. So we can say we have achieved something. In two years, this team will become better,” Mandhana added.last_img

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