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Ashwin Ravichandran has the sweetest message for the Indian women’s cricket team!

A heartbreaking defeat!

The Indian women’s cricket team are officially out of the ICC women’s World T20 after England beat them by 8 wickets in the second semi-final at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium today. Owing to seemingly lower battling collapse, the team were sent off with 112 after opting to bat.

England marching into the finals will face Australia on Saturday. They rank world number two and world number one respectively.

Ashwin Ravichandran, an all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls right-arm off break, took to Twitter to cheer on the girls despite their heartbreaking loss. “A heartbreaking loss for the Indian women last night to crash out of the T 20 world cup, but hey @BCCIWomen you were awesome through the tournament and we are all proud of you.”

After winning the toss, India collapsed horribly, losing their last eight wickets for only 23 runs. Sadly, Mithali Raj was left out as a form of strategy to keep the momentum going, which backfired.

Incidentally, Mithali Raj in this T20 became the highest run-getter in T20Is, surpassing other male players including Rohit Sharma and Indian men’s team captain Virat Kohli. With 2283 T20I runs thus far, she beats them by a fair margin with their scores being 2207 and 2102 runs in T20Is respectively.

Considered to be a prolific batswoman, Mithali Raj has set and broken many records in the past. She is the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket and the only female cricketer to surpass the 6,000 run mark in WODIs. She is the first player to score 7 consecutive 50s in ODIs. Raj also holds the record for most half-centuries in WODIs. In June 2018 during the 2018 Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup, Mithali Raj became the first player from India (either male or female) to score 2000 runs in T20Is and also set the milestone for becoming the first woman cricketer to reach 2000 T20I runs.

ALSO READ: Mithali Raj- Empowering Women Then And Now

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