India have entered their first ever women's ICC Twenty20 World Cup final after rain prevented any play in the semifinal against England.
Amid calls for ICC to amend its tournament rules and have reserve days for semis as well, Harmanpreet Kaur’s team entered the final by virtue of being higher ranked in the group stage.
India have been performing exceedingly well in the tournament as the only unbeaten team through the group stage with wins against Australia, Bangladesh, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
Virat Kohli tweeted a congratulatory message for the Indian women, saying he was “proud” of their achievement.
The entire Indian team has been stellar in the tournament so far with the shining star being 16 year old batting prodigy Shafali Verma who topped the ICC T20 batting rankings earlier this week. She is only the second Indian after Mithali Raj to reach number one.
Ranked four in the world, India had made three semi-finals before this year and lost every time, including against England at the last World Cup.
Four-time champions and hosts Australia are scheduled to take on South Africa later today in the second semi-final with the final to be held on Sunday.