Mamata Banerjee (above) said Jhulan Goswami and her fellow teammates "shook the world" with their performance in the World Cup and won people's hearts    PTI (File Photo)
Mamata Banerjee (above) said Jhulan Goswami and her fellow teammates “shook the world” with their performance in the World Cup and won people’s hearts PTI (File Photo)

Kolkata: Praising the Indian women‘s cricket team for its performance in the recently concluded World Cup in England, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday wished it well for the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 in 2018. “We congratulate them for the upcoming T20 World Cup in advance and we believe they would be victorious. Nothing is impossible,” Banerjee said after handing over a special award to seasoned campaigner Jhulan Goswami at the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) annual awards ceremony. The sixth edition of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 will be held in the West Indies from November 2 to November 25 in 2018. Mamata demands installation of Dalmiya bust at CAB

Banerjee said Jhulan and her fellow teammates “shook the world” with their performance in the World Cup and won people’s hearts despite their narrow nine-run defeat by hosts England in the final. “Jhulan and the rest of the women’s cricket team shook the world with their performance. What they have achieved is bigger than the victory. They won the people’s hearts,” she said. The Chief Minister also heaped praise on former India captain and CAB President Saurav Ganguly, claiming his name would be remembered by the cricket lovers for many years to come. ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 final: Indian Eves made us proud, tweets Mamata Banerjee

“If anyone in the world is asked about cricket, the name of Bengal’s Sourav Ganguly would definitely come up. His name will be remembered not just in the present but also in the distant future. His name will be in the history of cricket forever,” she said. She added that those honoured by the CAB at its annual awards ceremony on Tuesday would be honoured by the state later in 2017. “I would ask Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Laxmi Ratan Sukla to take down the names of today’s awardees. We will also provide them an award from the state government,” she added.