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Australian captain Healy turns photographer for victorious Indian women's team; leaves internet in awe

India Women concluded their first 'home season' of Test cricket in 28 years with a fitting conclusion, securing a historic maiden victory over Australia in the one-off Test at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.

Australian captain Healy turns photographer for victorious Indian women's team; leaves internet in awe snt
First Published Dec 24, 2023, 5:34 PM IST

In a historic Test match against Australia, the Indian women's cricket team secured a memorable victory on Sunday, marking a significant milestone in their cricketing journey. The high-profile encounter saw moments of intense competition, including an on-field tussle between the captains. However, the spirit of sportsmanship prevailed as the Australian skipper, despite the defeat, displayed excellent character by capturing a momentous occasion for the Indian team.

The Test match between India and Australia was not just a battle on the field but a testament to the evolving dynamics in women's cricket. Tempers flared during the match, with India's captain engaging in a spirited on-field tussle with her Australian counterpart, Healy. Despite the competitive atmosphere, the game concluded with Healy showcasing exceptional sportsmanship by picking up a camera to capture a picture of the victorious Indian team.

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India secured an emphatic 8-wicket victory, successfully chasing a target of 75 runs in the second innings. This triumph followed India's earlier success against England in a similar one-off Test, demonstrating their unwavering determination and skill on the international stage. The Indian team, led by captain Harmanpreet Kaur, showcased their prowess and commitment to excellence.

Even in defeat, Australian captain Healy's sporting gesture did not go unnoticed. Despite the competitive nature of the match, Healy took a moment to appreciate the historic achievement of the Indian team. She turned photographer, capturing an image that symbolized the significance of the occasion. Healy's gesture received widespread praise on social media, emphasizing the spirit of camaraderie and respect in women's cricket.

Acknowledging the challenges of playing a one-off Test, Healy expressed her pride in the Australian team's fight. She called for more Test matches to be scheduled, emphasizing the enjoyable experience despite the tough competition. Healy's positive outlook and appreciation for the game reflect the growing importance of Test cricket in women's sports.

"At the end of the day, (it was) a really enjoyable experience," Healy told reporters after the game. "It was tough work. We knew it was going to be hard work coming over here in particular playing a one-off Test, there's no real time to learn to adapt, to find a style of play, so we knew it was going to be a tough ask but I'm really proud of our group and the fight that we showed."

The Indian women's team demonstrated exceptional performance both with the ball and bat, thwarting a spirited Australian resurgence on the final day. The duo of Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues sealed the victory, with a warm embrace, echoing memories of India's restrained celebration in 2008 when the men's team made a statement in Australia.

India Women's commitment to playing "positive cricket" was evident throughout the Test series. Weathering challenges and dictating terms against formidable opponents like Australia and England, the team showcased their resilience and determination. The series marked a historic moment as India played more than one Test at home for the first time since 1995.

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