BCCI president Sourav Ganguly lauded the Indian women's team for their effort in the T20 World Cup final, expressing hope that they will cross the final hurdle someday.
All-round Australia put on display a clinical performance to beat India by 85 runs and win their fifth T20 World Cup title in front of a packed home crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in the final on Sunday.
"Well done the Women's team @bcci @JayShah. Two back to back World Cup finals .. but we lost .. u we're super .. we will get there someday .. love the team and players," Ganguly said in a tweet.
This was India's maiden T20 World Cup final but the eves in blue had reached the 2017 50-over World Cup final, losing to hosts England in gut-wrenching fashion.
India skipper Virat Kohli lauded the Indian women's team for their efforts in the T20 World Cup in Australia, saying the final defeat at the hands of the hosts will only make them stronger.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly
"Proud of all the efforts put in by the Indian Women's Cricket Team throughout their #T20WorldCup campaign. I'm confident that you girls will bounce back stronger than ever," Kohli tweeted.
Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir hailed the fact that so many people watched the final at the MCG and also said it is a victory for every girl who broke the glass ceiling.
"Till a few years ago, nobody could have imagined that a billion eyes would be glued to Women's Cricket World Cup, Cups will come & go, but today is a victory for each & every INDIAN GIRL who dared to defy odds & societal barriers," Gambhir tweeted.
Indian Cricket Team (Mens) skipper Virat Kohli
"It was a delight watching you through your campaign at the #WT20WC and the many moments of brilliance you've given us. We are all immensely proud of what you've been able to achieve. Upwards and onwards, Jai Hind," tweeted star India pacer Jasprit Bumrah.
"This was heartbreaking. Well played @BCCIWomen. Sometimes, it's just not your day! Congratulations @AusWomenCricket. May this World Cup inspire many more to take up the sport!" said India's Test opener Mayank Agarwal.
"Not the result we wanted today but we are proud of the way #TeamIndia played throughout the tournament," the BCCI said in a tweet.
Poor fielding, lack of application let India eves down in T20 WC final
As India were blown away by Australia who scripted their fifth T20 World Cup triumph in style, the Harmanpreet Kaur-led young team were left to rue their poor fielding and lack of application on the big stage.
India, playing in their first Women's T20 World Cup final, had no answer to Alyssa Healy (75) and Beth Mooney (78 not out) before folding to 99 all out at the hands of seamer Megan Schutt and spinner Jess Jonassen.
After winning the toss, the hosts elected to bat first and posted 184/4 in 20 overs, largely riding the 115-run opening stand between Player of the Match Healy and Player of the Tournament Mooney.
But both openers were given reprieves by Indian eves early on in their innings.
While Shafali dropped Mooney in the first over, Gayakwad was unable to dismiss Healy in the fourth off her own bowling.
India's Shikha Pandey in action during the Women's T20 World Cup Final match between India and Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne, Australia on March 8, 2020.
Harmanpreet did rue India's lacklustre effort on the field at the end of the match but what was also on show was how poorly India batted chasing 185. It was always going to be a steep chase but the way Indian batters threw the wickets away, it showed lack of composure and experience.
This is a young side with the likes of 16-year old Shafali Verma doing the heavy lifting at the top of the order throughout the campaign. It was a lean competition for Harmanpreet and Smriti Mandhana and they failed again in the final. The occasion got the better of Shafali as she was caught behind for just 2.
Poonam Yadav, who shone throughout the World Cup and was the main reason Australia lost to India in the opening match of the competition, fell flat too as did Shikha Pandey who was taken to the cleaners.
Deepti Sharma had a good match as she took two wickets in one over and also top-scored with 33 but it was all too little in the end as the Aussies had all their bases covered.