Indian international cricketer and top-scorer of the 2011 World Cup final Gautam Gambhir said that if Mithali’s led side win the World Cup, the victory will be bigger than men’s team achieved at the Wankhede Stadium in 2011.
India’s Women’s cricket team defeated Australia in the Women’s World Cup semi-final. Indian men’s opening batsman Gambhir said ahead of the final match on Sunday to India Today that “When we won in 2011 it was at home and we were the tournament favourites.”
“But the women won the semi-final against Australia in difficult conditions. They are one step away from the World Cup and if they can win this, it will be bigger than the 2011 World Cup win.”
Gambhir praises on Harmanpreet Kaur, who helps her side, 171 off 115 balls, to defend against Australia in the semi-final. “The occasion was very important. There will be other players who will play knocks like that, those who will get bigger runs than her. But it was a World Cup semi-final and against Australia.”
“For a 42-overs game to finish 171 not out was unbelievable, incredible. If it was a 50-overs game who knows she would have got a double ton as well. She did it when India needed it the most and has got India one step away from a World Cup win,” added Gambhir.
Comparing Kaur with 1983 World Cup winner Kapil Dev’s famous 175, he said, “Kapil Dev did it against Zimbabwe and Harmanpreet Kaur has done it against Australia. So you can’t compare the two innings. Also, he did it in the league phase and this was in the semi-final.”
“So I don’t understand the comparison. I don’t think any man has played an innings like this. Not in a World Cup semi-final. It’s an unfair comparison. Harmanpreet’s innings is a far better inning if you look at the match situation.”
Talking ahead of the final match on Sunday against the hosts England, Gambhir said “I have always believed whether it is men’s or women’s cricket if you can beat Australia, it is crucial to win a World Cup. I don’t know how strong England is but India will definitely start the favourites.”