Indian Women's Cricket Team felicitated by the Sports Minister in New Delhi

Indian player Harmanpreet Kaur being welcomed on her arrival in Mumbai

The Indian team performed exceedingly well throughout the tournament before ending up as runner-up, going down by nine runs to England in a nail-biting final at Lord's on July 23. The runners-up, who lost to England in the final at Lord's on Sunday, will get $330,000 (Rs 2.12 crore) from the International Cricket Council (ICC) with England bagging $660,000 (Rs 4.25 crore).

After Team India's stellar performance in the World Cup, the two sisters got new cricket bats as gift from their father. "You didn't win the Cup but you did win hearts", the minister said.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today announced a cash award of 13 lakh rupees for each of the 10 women cricketers employed with his department for their inspiring show at the recently concluded World Cup.


An hour later, the women's team will be honored by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in a five-star hotel. Speaking on the sidelines of the event, skipper Mithali Raj expressed satisfaction over the performance of her side throughout the tournament and said that the grand reception back home has left her overwhelmed. "They always deserved this attention, now because of broadcasting and televising of the game it is more, coming under BCCI has made a difference", Mithali who scored 409 runs in the tournament and became leading run-scorer in women's One-day Internationals, said. "I want them to be strong enough to even challenge the boys", Mishra added. No one knows what happens in the next four years as the next 50-over World Cup is in 2021.

However, when the skipper was quizzed about the monetary benefits, she pointed towards the youngsters of the team, "If you were to ask me, I've been playing since 1999, when there were no monetary benefits". Reiterating Prime Minister's vision to involve youth in sports, Goel said the idea is "Kheloge to Khiloge (Those who play, they shine)" to develop overall personality of the youth of India.

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