Yeah! The girls played in true sportsman spirit to record a smashing win in the finals of ICC Women's World Cup against Pakistan. These are modern Queens who walk in sports shoes and not glass slippers, who wear helmets and not tiaras.
Somewhere behind that blue jersey, behind hours of practice, behind the coaches and pitch, there are girls who fell in love with the game. Let us know them more closely:
1. Mithali Raj
The 34 year old captain is a top order batsman, the second highest run-scorer in women's international cricket and only the second female cricketer to surpass the 5,500 run mark. She comes from Hyderabad, born to an Indian Air Force officer. She had affection for classical dance which she learnt for 8 years, but she gave it up for the love of cricket. Isn't she a true Queen?
2. Ekta Bisht
She's not on social media but she's a big fan of Sachin. Making sure that she does full justice to her responsibilities of a bowler, she bagged the Man-of-the-Match title in the finals. The only women cricketer from Uttarakhand, she is incredible for making five-wicket hauls in Women's ODI twice. Isn't she India's spin Queen?
3. Rajeshwari Gayakwad
Another 25 year old, terrific Queen from Karnataka is a stand out bowler. She loves to listen to music especially songs sung by Lata Mangeshkar, Sonu Nigam, Atif Aslam and Shreya Ghosal equally as she loves to pick up wickets. She took away 3 wickets for just 25 runs against Zimbabwe, helping India to win. Isn’t she a terrific Queen?
4. Jhulan Goswami
Apart from being an all rounder cricketer, she is the leading wicket taker (with 181 wickets to her name) in the history of women ODI cricket. She comes from a small family in West Bengal; she took cricket at the age of 15. She is also a movie-buff and book-worm besides, cricketer. Isn't she a true all rounder Queen?
5. Mansi Joshi
Playing since Novembers 2016, she played cricket for Haryana and truly uplifts the spirit of - 'Maari Choriyan Choro Se Kam Hai Ke!' It was her debut in Women's One Day International cricket with Women's ICC World Cup Qualifier, in February 2017. When she was brought in, she did wonders with the bowl. She was felicitated by HT Youth forum as the one of the 30 young achievers in India. Isn't she a debut Queen?
6. Harmanpreet Kaur
It wasn't tough for her to convince her family as her entire house is obsessed with the game. The 28 year old batsman, daughter of Harmandar Singh Bhullar (A club cricketer himself), ca ptained the team for 2012 Women's Twenty20 Asia Cup. She is the first Indian woman to be signed by by an overseas Twenty20 franchise, Sydney Thunder. Besides all this, she is a traditional jolly Punjabi girl, and quiet active on Twitter as well as Instagram. Isn't she the allrounder Queen?
7. Veda Krishnamurthy
Being the middle order batswoman aged 24, she makes us proud as the first women who was offered contract by BCCI to be the B-Grade contracted player worth INR 10 lakh annually. She too comes from Karnataka, with selfie of fun time posted on Facebook. You can even follow her on twitter, where she was trending for her incredible catch in semifinals. Isn't she the cool Queen?
8. Smriti Mandhana
At just 20 years of age, the left hander is the opening batswoman of the Women's cricket team, inspired to take up cricket after watching her brother play the same sport. With two ODI centuries to her name, she has equally dedicated parents towards her game. Her father takes care of her cricket programme while her mother monitors the diet. Isn't she the incredible Queen?
9. Mona Meshram
Right handed Batswoman and right-arm medium bowler, she is 25-years-old hailing from Nagpur, from a family with a pedigree in sports, although not cricket. She too showed her skills grabbing the BCCI’s best junior cricketer award in 2011. With all her experience on one side, she loves to have fun with kids but when it comes to cricket, she doesn't blushes easily. Isn't she the dedicated Queen?
10. Shikha Pandey
Much to our amazement, she works for Indian Air Force and also plays for the Indian Women cricket team. Aged 28, she holds a degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from Goa College of Engineering. Being the first Goa-born player to play ODIs and international T20s, she ended Goa's 53 year long drought of supporting Indian cricket. Isn't she the engineered Queen?
11. Nuzhat Parween (WK)
Madhya Pradesh's 21 year old girl, the first woman from the Rewa district to be a part of the Indian cricket squad, credits Haripriya Das (women cricketer) for her success besides her parents. She is herself an employee of Railways and serves as the wicketkeeper to the team. She is one the few Muslim women to represent Indian cricket. Isn't she an inspirational Queen?
12. Punam Raut
Known for stitching the 320 runs partnership with Deepti Sharma against Ireland, she creates history beating the existing record of women from England (229 runs) and men from Sri Lanka (286 runs). The Mumbai girl aged 27, attended Khalsa College in New Delhi and started playing cricket in order to fulfill her father's dream of being a cricketer. Besides being a family affectionados, she loves travelling and spending time with her siblings. Isn't she the fierce Queen?
13. Deepti Sharma
She is the new name trending on social media for the above mentioned partnership and for hailing from Uttar Pradesh. She was invited to practice cricket when she was just nine and she threw the ball back, hitting the stumps away at her brother's training sessions. The 19 year old youngster has raised questions in our mind as to what we were doing while we were 19. Isn't she the bold Queen?
14. Sushma Verma (WK)
She started her career as a wicket keeper and right hand batswoman, after being a hit in volleyball until she was 16. Now that she is 20, her decision has worked wonders for the Indian women's cricket team. She comes from a remote village named Gadheri near Shimla, and considers Adam Gilchrist as her idol. It was difficult for her to land into cricket as far as people in her vicinity were concerned, but she definitely possesses the zeal to change their mindset. Isn't she the athletic Queen?
15. Poonam Yadav
Wonder woman from Agra, aged 25, walks confidently in her blue jersey. She is a junior clerk in Railways and began playing with boys initially. Television played a vital role in keeping her motivated towards the sport, making her the leading bowler Twenty20 Internationals. Apart from all this, she is a music lover and travel addict. Isn't she the googly Queen?
With so much versatility on board, the Indian Women’s team has set a benchmark for the upcoming players. May they soar more high and keep conquering more cups, for the Queens are the Queens forever!