India has made history by becoming the first-ever champions of the India’s U19 Women’s Cricket Team T20 World Cup. The team, led by Shafali Verma, produced a dominant performance, dismissing England for just 68 runs and reaching the target in just 14 overs. This triumph confirms India’s dominance at the U-19 level, as the boys’ team won the world title in the Caribbean last year.
The win has taken the stature of women’s cricket in India to new heights, with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announcing a prize money of INR 5 crore for the entire team and support staff.
The Indian bowling attack, led by pace sensation Titas Sadhu and leg-spinner Parshavi Chopra, was the key to their success. They executed their plan perfectly, reducing England to 16 for three in the first four overs. Sadhu bowled 20 dot balls in her quota of four overs, while Chopra and Archana Devi took two wickets each. Mannat Kassyap, Shafali Verma, and Sonam Yadav also contributed with one wicket each.
The Indian women’s cricket team has never won a World Cup at any level, but with this triumph, they have finally made their mark on the world stage. The senior team reached the World Cup final on three occasions across formats, but this win is a testament to the growth and progress of women’s cricket in India.