Mithali Raj, the captain of the Indian ladies’s One-Day International crew, has revealed that if her crew had received the 2017 World Cup ultimate, she would have retired.
In an interplay with anchor Rashmi Gautam on a Star Sports I Telugu TV sequence, Mithali felt that it could have been higher for girls’s cricket in India if it had come underneath the aegis of the BCCI a lot sooner than it really did – in 2006-07. The programme, Girl Power – Sarileru Manakevaru (There is not any match for us), offers with the topic of ladies in sports activities, and this episode shall be telecast on Sunday at 10.00 am.
“Many talented players at that time, because of lack of money, had to shift to different fields. For, after 23-24 years, parents will ask what is next? So, being a woman cricketer what can you tell your parents?” she stated.
“If they had said – ‘I don’t earn money, I am playing for passion’ – nobody would buy that line of thinking. So, at that time if BCCI were to be in control of the sport, we would have had more number of players in women’s cricket,” 37-year-old Mithali stated.
“After playing so many years, probably I had everything, except the World Cup. So, we were runners-up in the 2017 and 2020 editions. Again, I am going to give another try and hopefully with everybody’s wishes and God-willing we should crack it,” she stated.
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“Honestly, cricket happened to me. It was not by choice. My dad took me to the Academy which was only for girls. If at that time someone could ask a 10-year-old Mithali what [she wanted] to become, I would have said I wanted to be an IAS officer. Not a sportsperson or a dancer. I had it in me to be an IAS officer,” Mithali stated.