[caption id="attachment_627405" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-627405" alt="Mithali led India from the front, emerging as the second highest run-getter of the tournament Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Mithali-Raj-GI22.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Mithali led India from the front, emerging as the second highest run-getter of the tournament Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/india-women" target="_blank">India</a> have had a memorable journey in the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/icc-womens-world-cup-2017" target="_blank">ICC Women s World Cup 2017</a>, putting up impressive performances and finishing as runners-up of the tournament. On the context, former India coach <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/purnima-rau" target="_blank">Purnima Rau</a> commented that the team, which now boasts of many talented batters like Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and others, had looked over-dependent on captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/mithali-raj" target="_blank">Mithali Raj</a> for batting when she started her journey as coach. Purnima was first appointed as the coach in 2014 but was axed after India s poor show in that year s Women s World T20. However, she was brought back for India s World Cup preparations and was surprisingly replaced by Tushar Arothe just before the World Cup. <strong><a title="ICC name Mithali captain, include Harmanpreet, Deepti in team of Women s World Cup 2017" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/icc-name-mithali-raj-captain-include-harmanpreet-kaur-deepti-sharma-in-team-of-womens-world-cup-2017-627367">ICC name Mithali captain, include Harmanpreet, Deepti in team of Women s World Cup 2017</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>Purnima revealed to <i>Cricbuzz</i>: When I first took over in 2014, I felt Mithali was overburdened as a batter because the team depended on her heavily to put runs on the board. It became essential to build a group of confident batters around her. One of the things we did back then to improve the game and confidence level of the batting line-up was to start chasing when we won the toss during matches. When targets were set, game plans became clearer and they started putting plans in place. <p></p> <p></p> This team is tenacious and that's what keeps them going. Over a period of time, they have learnt to deal with setbacks even during matches. This English summer is something each of the girls will cherish for life.