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)
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)
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)
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)