Outstanding Mithali Raj led Women Cricket as an Example
Indian Women Cricket Team skipper Mithali Raj, who has witnessed a lot since bursting onto the international scene in 1999, she has had seen a lot as a professional cricketer, before reaching to a new high while leading the competitive side across formats.
“Everything has changed, only that I am still playing cricket,” Mithali was quoted as saying by the Statesman.
The 34-year-old Jodhpur-born top-order batter Mithali played a dynamic role with the bat, as she has always been the higher exponent of the women cricket.
While banking on her consistency, Mithali has been nursing the youngsters to work on their game which subsequently emerged into the national fold owing to their skill and temperament.
The 2017 World Cup runners-up Indian players played according to the merit and kept on playing an imperative role while relying on their strength which further received the adulation from the die-hard fans back home.
“Yes, we never expected the kind of adulation we got when we came back to India. It was a surprise,” Mithali added.
Mithali has lavished praised on the national cricket body Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for giving a face-lift to women cricket.
“Today, I don’t have to run for sponsorship now. Under BCCI, we are under central contract and that takes care of most of our things,” Mithali maintained.
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Moreover, Mithali has praised the efforts of the promising prospects, which further went on to do well to face the hosts England in the final in July, this year.
Interestingly, under the leadership of Mithali, India also qualified for the final in 2005.
Mithali, who is the leading run-scorer in women cricket, revealed her ordeals while adding it has been a fascinating journey for her as a cricketer to represent the country which has given her a lot to be proud of.
“In 1999, I did not have a penny to spend. I still remember that my dad had to buy my kit and arrange for my travel. I didn’t have kit sponsorship for long,” Mithali reminisced.
First woman cricketer to cross-past the 6,000 One-day International runs, Mithali has further been an epitome of success for women cricket across the glove for her sheer hard work.
While revealing about her fitness, Mithali asserted she is giving her best to stay fit and do well for the national side as a leader and a player.
“You can’t see yourself competing with the young lot. So now I work more on my strength. I keep myself fit enough not to become a liability for the team,” Mithali explained.
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While speaking about the length and breadth of the game, Mithali further remarked that the huge change has had taken place from time-to-time owing to the facilities, and the quality improvement did wonders for women cricket under the ambit of BCCI.
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