For the first time in history Indian Women Cricket Team made it to the World T20 finals in the 7 attempts so far. But this time also, Indian Team is reaching into final of the coveted tournament without winning the Semi-finals.
The much awaited semi-final clash, between India Women and England Women at Sydney Cricket Ground today, got washed out after a persistent spell of rain in the morning. With no reserve day available for the semi-finals, India Women were declared qualifiers for finishing at the top in group ‘A’.
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The whole Cricket world felt to be a bit sad for the English Women on getting eliminated from the World T20 like this. England Men Cricket Team Bowler, Stuart Broad also reacted to the wash out as the speedster posted on twitter, “Why no reserve day @icc? seems sensible” asking ICC the reason behind no reserve day.
But just before a day prior to the semi-final, a spokesperson had clarified the ICC’s decision of no reserve day by saying, “Allowing for any other reserve days would have extended the length of the event, which isn’t feasible. There is a clear and fair alternative should there be no play in any of the semi-finals with the winner of the group progressing.”
England Captain Heather Knight also looked distressed after the washout as she said, “It is frustrating, [we] didn’t want the World Cup to end this way but not much you can do about this. Would have been good to have a reserve day perhaps. That loss to South Africa cost us. We did feel like we had started to gain momentum in recent games and we were really ready for this semifinal. We were undone by the weather.“
On the other hand, Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur looked elated after making it to the World T20 finals for the first time. She said, “It is unfortunate not to get a game due to the weather. But that’s how the rules go. In future, it would be nice to have a reserve day. From day one, we knew that we have to win all the games because if in case we don’t get any play in the semi–finals, it will be hard for us. Credit to the team, we wanted to win all the games and we did it.”
India and Australia will face each other in the Final of the tournament on 8thMarch 2020 at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne. Fortunately, ICC has allowed a reserve day for the final, in case it gets washed out on the scheduled date. Further, even if the game gets washed out on the reserved day too, India and Australia will share the trophy and announced as joint winners.