The Indian women’s cricket team clinched the gold medal at the 2023 Asian Games in China, marking a historic triumph. In a thrilling final, they defeated Sri Lanka’s women’s team by a margin of 19 runs, securing the top spot on the podium.
This remarkable achievement was met with an outpouring of praise and well-wishes from fans, celebrities, and dignitaries across the nation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the team’s incredible accomplishment, emphasizing the significance of their victory.
The participation of the Indian cricket team in the Asian Games was a first, as they had not taken part in the 2010 and 2014 editions when cricket was included. PM Modi extended his congratulations not only to the women’s cricket team but also to the 10m air rifle men’s team for their gold medal victory.
PM Modi commended the women’s cricket team, stating, “What a grand show by our cricket team as they clinch Women Cricket gold at Asian Games. The country rejoices in their incredible achievement.” He also highlighted the team’s talent, determination, skill, and teamwork, noting that “our daughters are keeping the tricolor flying high in the sporting arena.”
In addition to the cricketing success, India’s 10m Air Rifle Men’s Team, comprising Rudrankksh Patil, Divyansh Panwar, and Aishwary Pratap Tomar, secured gold while shattering a world record.
The final match saw India posting a total of 116/7 in 20 overs. In response, Sri Lanka managed 97/8 in their 20 overs. Smriti Mandhana played a crucial role, scoring 46 runs in 45 balls, while youngster Jemimah Rodrigues contributed 42 runs in 40 balls, anchoring India’s innings. Unfortunately, no other Indian batter reached double figures.
India’s victory was further fueled by the stellar performance of their bowlers. Eighteen-year-old pacer Titas Sadhu made a significant impact by taking three early wickets, including the crucial dismissal of Chamari Athapaththu. This outstanding performance helped secure the gold medal for India, with Rajeshwari Gayakwad also contributing with two crucial wickets.
|INDIA WOMEN • 116/7(20 Overs)|
|Smriti Mandhana 46 (45)||Inoka Ranaweera 2/21 (4)|
|Jemimah Rodrigues 42 (40)||Udeshika Prabodhani 2/16 (3)|
|SRI LANKA WOMEN • 97/8(20 Overs)|
|Hasini Perera 25 (22)||Titas Sadhu 3/6 (4)|
|Nilakshi de Silva 23 (34)||Rajeshwari Gayakwad 2/20 (3)|