Women cricketers clinch maiden Asian Games Gold


Indian women cricketers Titas Sadhu and Shafali Verma were elated after their team’s clinching of Gold at the Asian Games. India women (116/7) beat Sri Lanka women (97/8) in the final by 19 runs to win the Gold. A fiery spell by Titas Sandhu and tight spin bowling from Deepti Sharma and Devika Vaidya helped India defend a modest total of 117 runs. Sadhu said, “This is a really special feeling because we don’t get the chance every day to win a Gold medal, especially at a stage like the Asian Games…I can convey my feelings only like—goosebumps. It is thrilling to be standing there with the National Anthem, playing because it is a tribute to not just us but our country.” Indian spin bowler Shafali Verma also said that she feels proud to win the gold. “Of course, it feels great because we work hard to win. We won and we are delighted. We feel proud. Thanks to India for all the support. If (we get an opportunity) at the Olympics, we will give our best and win Gold there too.”
When asked whether cricket be included as a game in the Olympics so that the team can win more Gold, Jemimah Rodrigues said that there could be “no better feeling than winning an Olympic Gold medal.”
“No better feeling than adding to the medal tally of India,” Jemimah Rodrigues said. Rodrigues added that they have also spoken to the men’s cricket team and urged them to bring home a gold too. “We have spoken to the men’s team,” Rodrigues said.