Indian Women’s Cricket Team lost the T20 World Cup Final match to Australia yesterday, which incidentally was International Women’s Day as well.
Although women’s cricket has not got even half of the limelight that has been hogged by men’s cricket in India, it looks like the women making it into the world cup final for the first time has got the nation’s attention. On Sunday, Twitter was flooded with words of positivity for the Indian team, while also applauding the Aussies, embracing the true spirit of the sport.
Mithali Raj, captain of Indian women’s ODI and Test Cricket teams, urged for continued support to women’s cricket:
Gutted by the result today . Nonetheless the girls have had a wonderful #T20WorldCup campaign . I congratulate the T20 captain @ImHarmanpreet and the girls. Well done . Request everyone to continue supporting women’s cricket . Only great things are in store.— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) March 8, 2020
Indian men’s cricket team skipper Virat Kohli cheered for the women’s team like the team-player that he is:
God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar, also had kind words for both teams:
Congratulations to Australia for winning the @T20WorldCup. It was a tough day for #TeamIndia. Our team is young and will grow into a solid unit. You have inspired many across the globe. We are proud of you. Keep working hard and never lose hope. It will happen one day.#INDvsAUS pic.twitter.com/RrH1dLqkBW— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 8, 2020
Member of Parliament and Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir summed it up in one tweet:
Till a few years ago, nobody could have imagined that a billion eyes would be glued to Women’s Cricket World Cup— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) March 8, 2020
Cups will come & go, but today is a victory for each & every INDIAN GIRL who dared to defy odds & societal barriers! #SheInspiresUs 🇮🇳
Congrats to Australia!
Cricket Legend and former WI Captain Vivian Richard reminded the Indian team to not lose hope:
Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra had a touching message:
How do we handle this cruel loss? On my desk is a plaque I inherited from my late father. It says “Defeat DEFEAT” Visitors are confused until I explain that the first ‘Defeat’ is a verb, the second a noun. Failure isn’t cruel when it’s used as a springboard to future victory... pic.twitter.com/0Rt8gTSzh9— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) March 8, 2020
Actor Taapsee Pannu had words of encouragement:
Actor Abhishek Bachchan congratulated both teams:
As did cricketer Ashwin R: