Each title and each win in a World Cup is very special. You don't get to play very many in your life. I have been fortunate enough to win. This is my third. Each time it is with a different group of players. It is really special to win it with that group.
We have been training really hard. The girls have put in a lot of effort. We came to Sri Lanka about a month and a bit ago to get used to the conditions. Thankfully Cricket Australia put the money in towards that and you can see the results have spoken loudly. We are at a point where there is a lot of cricket to be played, which is what we want as players. Obviously there is a juggling act to be done for those who are studying or are working full-time jobs. At the moment we are quite happy to sacrifice all those things when you win a World Cup, and this is why we play the game of cricket.
I work for Cricket New South Wales and over the next six-seven months, I have got 56 working days that I need to take off. My boss, David Thompson, is very pleased that I am representing my country and willing to juggle a few things. I think we are getting to a point where we have got to weigh it up - do we play more cricket, and if that is the case, financially we need the girls to be able to pay their rent and most other things… or, is this the right amount of cricket? That is for the administrators to figure out.
Yeah, to have these curtain-raisers really builds the profile. Thanks to the ICC for making sure that happens, and also the broadcasters. Also, it would be interesting to see how many people came in during the last innings because I felt out there in the field that they were cheering every run and every stop and every wicket. So they were appreciating good cricket, and that is what we want to do.
To actually write a book is never something I thought I would do. It was quite cathartic to go through and look back at my career. As a player and also off the field, I have had some difficulties - losing my mother to breast cancer. That has allowed me to put things in perspective. Obviously, I love this game and I am very passionate, but it is also just a game as well. I don't take things for granted. I have learnt some hard lessons along the way, and maybe in writing the book, I have helped some young cricketer along the way.
"You look at this Australian team, there are a lot of girls from New South Wales I have coached at a young age, and to be playing alongside them and now to class them as some of my best friends is really special for me"
Oh yes, there are days when you question what you are doing. But like I said, I have had three moments now where I have been able to win a World Cup, and I wouldn't change anything for the world.
No, I am still here. There have been points in my career where I have questioned when is the right time to go, when is the right time to retire. I am still passionate. I get white-line fever every time I cross the line. I love the contest of the game. I love playing against opponents and trying to out-think them. That is why I keep playing.
It is very hard to compare us with the men. The guys play and train 11 months of the year. I don't know how they do it. I got an experience week before coming here, training with the guys. There is a lot of downtime and you are away from family. I don't begrudge them for anything that they do and how much money they get. They play some wonderful cricket. T20 cricket has really set the world on fire and good luck to them. We are trying to build our brand of women's cricket. Both England and Australia are producing quality matches every time we get together.
Yeah, but maybe we have got a life balance. That is the other way to look at it. Cricket is one aspect of our lives. It might take the majority of time but we still have time to have a career. Lots of the girls study, which is really great, because at the end of the day, cricket is not going to pay our bills. That probably allows us to be balanced, and we train hard when we are there because we don't have a lot of spare time.
In the future, I think we would like to get to the point where we can dedicate all our time to cricket, or a large proportion. Just to allow the girls to choose if they want to… if they want to still study and do some work, sure, but if the option is that they could earn a decent amount of money and focus on their cricket, then that's their choice. I'd like to see that in the future.
Well, these World Cup wins help but I know I am coming to the end of it. I am getting old. My body is telling me it's time to go. I am going to enjoy every moment, take each tour as it goes, and I think I'll know when the time is right.
Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo