Updated: March 8, 2020 8:46:59 pm
Meg Lanning on Sunday hailed her workforce after captaining Australia to their fifth ICC Women’s T20 World Cup title right here.
The skipper has been on the helm for a lot of an Australian success however took that to a new degree on the MCG with an 85-run victory over India for his or her first crown on residence soil.
But it was removed from a simple journey to the highest for Lanning, with a group-stage victory over New Zealand and the semi-final success towards South Africa amongst her most disturbing cricket moments.
“This tournament was always going to be massive, we had our ups and downs throughout and everything was thrown at us. To be able to come through and have the complete performance on the biggest stage, it’s something that’s pretty amazing,” she was quoted as saying by the ICC.
“The New Zealand game and the semi-final, that’s the most nervous and sick I’ve felt playing cricket. To get through that, coming in to the final, everyone was a little on edge but it just happened.”
Such was the magnitude of the Melbourne ultimate, Lanning struggled to settle in any respect previous to the match. Never earlier than has the ladies’s sport seen a crowd corresponding to the 86,174 that packed into the MCG on the International Women’s Day.
But the 27-year-old was calm when it mattered essentially the most — largely due to her Australia teammates holding again their very own nerves on the large day.
“This day is unimaginable, we couldn’t have dreamed of this. When the organisers stated they needed to get that many individuals for the ultimate, I have to admit I was a bit sceptical.
“But you needed to be there and be concerned. There was such a large build-up, all the skin stress and expectation — we needed to come back and win this match but it surely was one thing else.
“The way we were able to react and deal with that was testament to the group — this day is certainly the best of my career so far.”
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