Meet the Indian women's World Cup team which beat Pakistan

India crushed arch-rivals Pakistan by 95 runs in a low-scoring encounter to record their third successive victory in the ICC Women's World Cup.

Captain Mithali Raj

Mithali Raj, the current captain of the Indian women's cricket team is an all-rounder. The first woman player to score seven consecutive 50s in ODIs and the second to surpass the mark of 5,500 runs, she has definitely come a long way.

Mithali was selected at the age of 17 to be a part of the Indian cricket team and made her ODI debut in 1999 against South Africa.

Mithali was a Bharatnatyam dancer earlier. The Indian captain won the Arjuna award in 2013 and has received the Padma Shri in 2015. (Twitter)

Jhulan Goswami

ICC women’s cricketer of the Year in 2007, Jhulan was the world's leading wicket-taker in the World Cup.

She won the Arjuna award in 2010 and Padma Shri in 2012.

Jhulan's parents wanted her to focus on her studies but she broke all boundaries and went to Kolkata to pursue her dreams. (Instagram)

Ekta Bisht: First cricketer from Uttarakhand

The first women cricketer from Uttarakhand, Ekta Bisht took the ball and banished Pakistan (quite literally) in the finals. Ekta's five-wicket haul against Pakistan on Sunday made her the fifth-highest wicket-taker for India in ODIs.

The outstanding performance got her the 'player of the match' award.

"The plan was to pile on dot balls because we were confident of the target we set," she said after the match. (Facebook)

Deepti Sharma

Deepti Bhagwan Sharma from Uttar Pradesh made her international debut in 2014. Deepti set the world record for opening partnership with Poonam Raut when both hit 320 runs.

At the age of just 19, she created bowling and batting records. She is a big fan of Suresh Raina and wants to master his inside-out sixer.

Her interest in cricket grew because of her brother who is a former medium pacer and played for Uttar Pradesh in under-22. (Facebook)

Shikha Pandey

Shikha Pandey is the first national women cricket player from Goa.

She has also done Bachelor in Engineering (BE) in Electrical and Electronics from Goa’s premier Goa College of Engineering. She made her debut in women senior state side representing Goa in 2007-08.

There was a time when she was juggling between her Air Force career and cricket. (Twitter)

Smriti Mandhana

Mandhana has been on the field practically all her life. She made her debut in the Maharashtra under-15 team as a nine-year-old and then in the under-19 team at the age of just 11.

She made her ODI debut as a 17-year-old and next year made her Test debut. She was the highest scorer in the T20s till last year when Mithali broke her record of 96 runs.

She is the youngest to score a 50 in T20 International. It seems like setting records is her thing!

Cricket runs in her family as her father has played cricket for Sangli and her brother has played for the under-16 Maharashtra cricket team. (Twitter)

Punam Raut

The 27-year-old cricketer grew up idolising the current captain Mithali Raj. Punam's father is an ardent lover of cricket and played a huge role in her success. He enrolled her in the Payyade Cricket Club under Sanjay Gaitonde when he discovered her passion for the game.

She used to play cricket with the boys. She was selected for the 2009 World Cup, solely based on her domestic performance, where she represented India against Australia. (Facebook)

Harmanpreet Kaur

28-years-old Harmanpreet Kaur made her ODI debut in March 2009 against Pakistan.


Harmanpreet was invited to play for the Surrey Stars in Kia Super League hosted by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Her father was Moga’s Premier Cricket Academy owner and played a crucial role in her success.

Harmanpreet idolises Ajinkya Rahane and was recently praised by Virendra Sehwag for her performance against South Africa. (Facebook)

Poonam Yadav

25-year-old Poonam made her ODI debut in 2013 against Bangladesh. Poonam belongs to Uttar Pradesh, she followed her dream and started playing street cricket.

She moved to Agra when she found out that cricket could be played by women in schools. She trained at the Eklavya Sports Stadium with senior players like Hemalatha Kala and Preeti Dimri.

Her 'before the game ritual' is to visualise and jot down diary entries. (Facebook)

Sushma Verma

Sushma Verma played cricket for Himachal Pradesh before representing India.

She is the only wicket-keeper in the squad. Unlike others in the team, cricket didn't come naturally to her. She saw an advertisement in the newspaper and got inspired.

She started playing cricket in 2009 and got selected for the state team and hasn't looked back since. (Facebook)