Karachi: Oct 2, 2012
For any athlete to be noticed in Pakistan, the sure shot formula is beat arch-rivals India in a top competition.
The Pakistan women's cricket team has done just that in the World Twenty20 and since then they have become the darling of the media in Pakistan.
Their thrilling one run win over a much superior Indian side has become all the more significant as it came just one day after Pakistani men had lost to their Indian counterparts in the same competition.
According to the Pakistan women's team captain Sana Mir, the fact that Pakistan had always struggled against India in a World Cup had spurred her team to win the match.
"The fact that Pakistan has always lost to India in World Cup competitions was a motivation for us to beat India in the women's competition," she said.
Mir, one of Pakistan's most experienced players, insisted that the victory over India was easily the most memorable moment of her career.
"The icing on the cake was that I played a significant role in the win with bat and ball," she added.
Although Pakistan could not beat stronger rivals like England and Australia in the women's competition but Sana Mir felt that the win over India would now only motivate her players to do better.
"I would say this is a big moment for women's cricket in Pakistan because until now no one has really taken our cricket seriously. There is so much focus on the men's team. But our win over India has now made people sit up and take notice of us," she said.
Sana said even before the tournament started her team knew it would be difficult to beat England and Australia but had kept India in sight.
"We knew we had the ability to beat India. We hated India's 100 per cent record against us in World Cups and we were desperate to end it. We worked very hard because playing against India adds an extra motivation," she said. (PTI)