The Indian women’s cricket team created history by winning the maiden edition of the U-19 T20 World Cup on Sunday (January 29). The Shafali Verma-led side defeated England in the final at the Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.
This puts India’s name in the history books as the first-ever winner of the tournament. The triumph in 2023 is also the first time when the Indian women’s team has won an ICC event. The senior team have never lifted a global tournament in history having lost the finals of the 2005 and 2017 Cricket World cup as well as the 2020 Women’s T20 World Cup.
After the victory, there were scenes of jubilation across the Indian cricket fraternity. The veterans of the sport in the country took to social media to lavish praise on Shafali & Co. The Men’s senior team captain Rohit Sharma, former skipper Virat Kohli, and women’s team vice-captain Smriti Mandhana led the reactions to the historic feat.
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“U-19 World Cup Champions! What a special moment! Congratulations girls on your triumph,” said Kohli. Champions of the world. Proud. Absolutely proud of the bunch. Champions in the inaugural edition makes it even more special. This is just the beginning. Go team,” wrote Mandhana. “Big congratulations to the U-19 girls cricket team for winning the World Cup. Well done on making the nation proud,” Rohit said on Twitter.
Indian skipper Shafali got emotional after the match as she struggled to hold back her tears. “The way all the girls are performing and backing each other, so happy. Incredible feeling. Thanks to the staff, the way they have been backing us everyday and telling us that we are here for the cup and because of them we are here. All thanks to them. The players have been backing me a lot. Thanks to BCCI for giving me this beautiful team and really happy for winning the cup. She (Shweta Sehrawat) has been excellent and has followed all the plans from the staff. Not just her, Archana, Soumya and I can’t really take the names but they all have been incredible,” said Shafali after the match.