Good Sports: INDIA HOSTS WORLD CUP
Beginning next month, India is hosting the cricket World Cup, facing the likes of Australia, England, and New Zealand, but for some reason, there hasn’t been much hubbub about it. Aren’t Indians crazy about cricket anymore? Well, they are, but the women’s game hasn’t quite caught on like the men’s.
For the record, the Women’s World Cup has been played longer than the men’s version. It debuted in England in 1973. There have been nine tournaments in all, with Australia winning five (1978, 1982, 1988, 1997, and 2005), England three (1973, 1993, and 2009) and New Zealand one (2000).
India’s best finish was in 2005, when they were runners-up to the Aussies. If they win in 2013, both the men’s and women’s teams will be reigning world champions. But chances are, Mithali Raj and her teammates will still be able to visit the mall without being mobbed by fans.
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