New Delhi (Web Desk): Where the men failed, India is hoping its female cricketers can blaze to glory when they face England in the World Cup final on Sunday.
Images of captain Mithali Raj and star batswoman Harmanpreet Kaur adorned the front pages and the team was hailed on social media after India stunned defending champions Australia in Thursday´s semi-finals.
Kaur hit an unbeaten 171 to propel India into the final at Lord´s, England´s spiritual home, local media reported.
The win comes as a welcome boost with India in need of cricket cheer after the men´s team capitulated to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final last month.
The performance came as no surprise to former players who believe Indian women´s team is destined for the big time.
"Hats off to Harmanpreet. It´s a great victory for the India women´s cricket team and for women´s cricket in India," former team captain Diana Eduljee told NDTV.
"I thank the girls for the opportunity they have given to all women cricketers and the future of women´s cricket is now here to stay in India.
"I am sure this victory is going to be historic as we have already beaten New Zealand, Australia and England. I´d think the World Cup is already in India irrespective of whatever happens on Sunday," added Eduljee.