Indian women's cricket team missed the World Cup title by a whisker last Sunday    Getty Images
Indian women’s cricket team missed the World Cup title by a whisker last Sunday Getty Images

New Delhi: Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Tuesday asked the India Under-17 football squad to draw inspiration from the national women’s cricket team ahead of their maiden appearance in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup to be hosted by the country for the first time later in 2017. Indian women‘s cricket team missed the World Cup title by a whisker last Sunday as they finished runners-up after losing to hosts England by nine runs in a nail-bitting final at Lord’s. Terming the Under-17 football team as “dark horse”, Goel hoped a fine show from the side in the quadrennial event will do a world of good for the sport in the country. India at ICC Women s World Cup 2017: Marks out of 10

“The Under-17 team looks ready for the tournament. Their preparation has been on the right track. They already toured 10-12 countries in the run up to the event. They will prove dark horse in the tournament,” Goel said during a meeting with the side at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium. “The performance of the women’s cricket team in the World Cup should give them [Under-17 team] inspiration. The women cricketers were so near to the title. The whole country is proud of their performance,” he said. Mithali explains about her bizarre run out in India vs England Women s World Cup final

The Under-17 World Cup will be held in the country from October 6 to 28. India are placed in a tough Group A along side Colombia, Ghana and USA. Currently the Under-17 team is preparing for a four- nation tournament in Mexico in August, where besides India, and Mexico, Columbia and Chile are the other participating teams.