The Indian women’s team had to face defeat by 5 runs in the semi-final match against Australia. In this match, a mistake by Team India’s captain Harmanpreet Kaur ruined her brilliant innings. In this knockout match, when the Indian team was heading towards an easy victory, then the captain’s run out on the score of 52 proved to be the turning point. So once again India’s dream was shattered and the team missed out on reaching the ICC trophy. After this defeat, jersey number 7 became fiercely viral on social media and pictures of MS Dhoni were also shared. Now you too must be thinking that, what is the connection between jersey number 7, runout and Harmanpreet Kaur and Dhoni?
Let us tell you that after the defeat against Australia in the semi-final match of the Women’s World Cup 2023, MS Dhoni has also come into the limelight. Harmanpreet Kaur’s runout here was the turning point just like MS Dhoni’s runout against New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup semi-final. The team, captained by Virat Kohli, was heading towards victory in the semi-finals of the Men’s World Cup 2019, but Dhoni’s runout broke the hearts of entire India. The same happened with Harmanpreet Kaur today. The special thing is that both have jersey number 7. This is the reason that this jersey number started trending on social media after Team India’s defeat here.
India’s defeat freshens the wounds of 2017
Not only this, this is not the first time that the Indian women’s team has lost a match won in the ICC knockouts. Earlier in the 2017 Women’s ODI World Cup final, Team India had got a similar defeat. There Poonam Rawat and Harmanpreet Kaur followed by Veda Krishnamurthy, all three easily took out the match. But Poonam’s wicket fell on the score of 191. After that, the team lost the remaining 6 wickets in just 28 runs and India lost the match they won and missed the World Cup even after being very close. The same happened this time. Here India’s biggest challenge was considered to be Australia, which it had almost defeated. But when 49 runs were needed from 36 balls and 6 wickets were left, the match could not come in India’s bag.
Dhoni was run out in the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup
In this tournament, Team India won three out of 4 matches in the league stage. India had to face defeat by 11 runs at the hands of England in the only match. Smriti Mandhana, who scored 149 runs in her 3 matches throughout the tournament, continued her poor run of form in the ICC Knockout matches. She has so far managed to score only 53 runs in five knockout matches. Shefali Verma did a lot in the Under 19 World Cup but she also could not do anything for the senior team. In the semi-finals, star bowler Renuka Thakur also gave away 18 runs in the last over, perhaps that created the difference between victory and defeat. This was India’s fourth defeat in the T20 World Cup against Australia. The Indian team was defeated by Australia in the final of the previous edition as well.