New Delhi: Pakistan women’s cricket team lost their World Cup match against arch-rivals India, but captain of the ‘girls in green’, Bismah Maroof, managed to set the internet abuzz by showing her immense love and dedication for the sport. During the IND-W vs PAK-W ICC Women’s World Cup match, Maroof was spotted arriving at the stadium with her six-month-old daughter Fatima in her arms.
Pictures and videos of the Indian women’s cricket team spending quality time with Maroof and her daughter have been widely shared on social media by fans.
After the Ind-W vs Pak-W World Cup match on Monday, Smriti Mandhana posted a heartfelt note for Maroof as she hailed the Pakistan skipper for inspiring the women cricketers. In just 6 months, after becoming a mother, Maroof returned to playing international cricket.
On her Instagram story, Mandhana wrote, “Coming back post pregnancy in 6 months and playing international cricket is so inspiring. @bismahmaroof setting an example for sportswoman across the globe. Lots of love to baby Fatima from India and I hope she picks the bat just like you because lefties are special.”
As per media reports in Pakistan, Maroof was thinking about retiring from cricket due to her pregnancy but she ultimately decided to continue playing the sport. She has become an inspiration not only for women in Pakistan and all over the world.
🏏 Cricket kit
🧳 Bags packed
👶 Baby cradle
— ICC (@ICC) March 6, 2022
Both Indian and Pakistani players were spotted interacting after the match. A video of Indian women players gathering around Maroof to play and interact with her daughter had gone viral.
Bismah Maroof’s legacy will go far beyond her achievements on the field. In a society that often tells women to make choices between career and family, she’s showing that you can have both! Such an inspiring person.pic.twitter.com/Vp7EB2iwKd
— Aatif Nawaz (@AatifNawaz) March 6, 2022
The Indian women’s cricket team made a stellar start to their ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 campaign by defeating rivals Pakistan by 107 runs. This is India women’s cricket team’s 4th consecutive win against Pakistan in the World Cup and 11th in a row.