“Tired Of Finishing In Second Place Twice” – Poonam Yadav
Indian Women’s cricket team has ended up as runner-up in the recently concluded T20 world cup. Though the team could not win the cup, it has won many hearts along the way.
Women’s cricket which does not draw much attention this time got a lot of support from cricket fans. The Melbourne Cricket Ground(MCG) where the finals were held had capacity crowd.
Indian team ace spinner Poonam Yadav speaking to a sports magazine shared her experiences about the tournament.
She said that she is tired of finishing in 2nd place twice. India also lost finals in the 2017 ODI world cup against England. But she asserted that the team focus is now on winning the 50 over world cup which will be held in 2021.
Detailing about how she felt about losing 2nd final in a world cup she said,” Reaching final was the target. We took one game at a time and that helped. Our combination was right and the team bonding was very good. We lost just one match – the final – but that hurt us.
It’s a game after all, and the team which played better won. For the world, it might look very easy to move on, but for cricketers, it gets very difficult to accept the defeat in the final and cope with it.”
“It Was A Great Feeling Seeing So Many People”:
About playing in front of a capacity crowd at the MCG, which is a very rare thing in women’s game, she remarked, “In 2017 final also, a lot of people had come in. This time, the attendance was exceptional. It was a huge ground and was completely packed.
I enjoyed every moment and treated it like any other match. With the pressures shooting up, you are under pressure. So, it is important to not get carried away and stay in the present. But it was a great feeling to see so many people.”