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India May Have Lost The World Cup, But The Women's Team Won So Much More

This was an important tournament for the team and for women in sports, and it's about time we acknowledged that.

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Today was the Women's Cricket World Cup final between India and England.

In a tense match, England won by nine runs.
Twitter: @bcciwomen

In a tense match, England won by nine runs.

The loss was gutting for both the team and the country, but it was an important tournament overall.

Captain Mithali Raj, who broke the world record for most runs scored in women's one day internationals, declared that this will be her final World Cup.

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Batter Smriti Mandhana was injured for five months before the tournament, but still made it and played like a star throughout.

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Also, a MILLION people tuned in to watch the stream online. This is, of course, aside from the people present at the packed stadium and the countless others watching on TV.

More than a million viewers for #WWC17Final on Hotstar right now! Go #WomenInBlue! 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳

Everyone acknowledged what a lovely job the women had done.

Our women cricketers gave their best today. They have shown remarkable tenacity & skill through the World Cup. Proud of the team! @BCCIWomen

Including ex-cricketers from the men's team.

Super proud of the girls. Tough luck today but womens cricket in India has truly arrived. Thank you girls .Salute your spirit. #WWC17Final

Most importantly, though, everyone realised that the team put women's sports on the map.

If that hurt then everybody bled blue irrespective of the gender of the team. That's a victory ain't it? #WWCFinal17

I see a few snarking about how women who've never watched cricket are suddenly tweeting about it Shut the fuck up idiots, that's the point.

If cricket is religion in India, some women deities have gatecrashed into the pantheon of Gods after this #WorldCup. India's women in blue!!

Someone even equated it to us winning the World Cup in 1983.

This is a watershed moment in Women's cricket for India. At par with 1983. Indian Women's cricket will never be the same again after this.

I played cricket for 15 years, followed for 17, and written about it for two. I've never seen anything like this.

The best part is that this comes just a year after women took over the Olympics and sports headlines last year.

Indian Women Team, Sakshi Malik, Pv Sindhu, Mirza, Nehwal ... all heroes for kids of this generation! What a time to be alive!

And of course, the tournament reminded us that the coming generations just have more women to look up to.

After Sindhu made silver - people were lining up for badminton coaching for their daughters. I hope this happens with cricket now.

What a match. Doesn't matter if India has not won. Millions of schoolgirls are now thinking of pads and gloves #WWC17Final #WWC17

Men. In a long-distance bus. Streamed the final on mobile data. That's the impact of this campaign. Take a bow #WomenInBlue

Here's to more female heroes taking over the world one at a time.

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