Accolades poured in from all quarters for Indian women's cricket team with acting BCCI president C K Khanna hailing the performance of Mithali Raj and Co. As they entered the semifinals of the ICC World Cup.
Skipper Mithali slammed a century before left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad returned with a five-wicket haul as India crushed New Zealand by 186 runs to storm into the semifinals of the ICC Women's World Cup at Derby, England.
"I on behalf of BCCI congratulate Indian women's team for qualifying into semifinals of Women World Cup 2017. Well played Ms. Mithali Raj, superb century. Played captain's knock in a very crucial game," said Khanna.
IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla also congratulated the Indian team.
"Congrats Women's Cricket Team for the decisive victory against the NZ. Well played @M_Raj03 & the entire team. Best Wishes for semi final," he wrote on his Twitter page.
Former player and current member of COA, Diana Edulji also congratulated the team, saying: "What a victory. Great days for women's cricket. Aache din ayaa hai womens cricket. Well done girls."
Social media was abuzz with congratulatory messages for the Indian women's team.
Congratulations @BCCIWomen on the stunning win and making it to the semis.Great effort from @M_Raj03 ,Veda and Rajeshwari.#WWC17— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 15, 2017
Indian bowlers spin a Web around the NZ batswomen👏Gr8 spell fromRajeshwari Gaykawad👌Congrats @M_Raj03 & to the entire @BCCIWomen #wwc17— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 15, 2017
Bowlers not only complimented the batters but they went one step further & outdid them. Well done Rajeshwari Gayakwad! What a result!👏👏👏🙏— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 15, 2017
Done Deal.Rajeshwari Gaykawad has spun India into the semis in style. Another player stood up & got counted. Brilliant @BCCIWomen #wwc17— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 15, 2017
Wow, cometh the hour.....Brilliant performance from India's women. New Zealand were a fancied team going into the tournament— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 15, 2017
This was a comprehensive rout. Well played @BCCIWomen, onward ho!— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) July 15, 2017
Tough semi final against australia but as clr James would have us believe what do they know of cricket that only cricket know! #wwc17— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) July 15, 2017
This is an 'I was there moment'! India have been searching for the perfect game all tournament, and they find it in the QF!— Snehal Pradhan (@SnehalPradhan) July 15, 2017
Finally, a perfect game for India! Superb with both bat and ball. What a day to pull this performance out of the bag. Semi-final beckons!— Ananya Upendran (@a_upendran11) July 15, 2017
(With PTI inputs)