Quite a few times now, I have been told to write about Women’s Cricket also. But due to the lack of women’s cricket I was always short of topics.
But, I always wanted to write about Mithali Raj. For me she was always the biggest name in Indian Women’s Team and will always remain even as we have got a lot of stars in our team now, like Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma
So, what separates Mithali from other cricket stars??
Is it the records she has? The number of runs she has piled up? Or the duration for which she leaded Indian Team?
I believe her contribution to Indian Cricket is much more than that.
It was the era in which she played, the way she arrived at the biggest level and sustained there for so many years.
The way she has inspired millions of Indian girls when there was hardly any other sportswoman around as good as her to look up to.
It is the calmness she has and the humbleness she possess even when she was the lone warrior and the only one with such fame.
She started playing in 1999…. and is still playing the ODI format. 20+ years of magnificence and of inspiration. That’s her biggest contribution for Indian Cricket.
That’s the reason why she is also called ” Lady Tendulkar “, however I don’t believe we should draw a comparison here.
She is still the highest run getter in ODI format globally with 6,888 runs under her belt. Also, she holds the record for playing the highest number of matches consecutively.
She is the heroine our girls can look upto. She is the idol to keep in your mind while selecting cricket as your profession. She is the person to learn humbleness from.
Let’s hear from you guys what do you think about Mithali’s contribution not just to Indian Cricket but in a sense to Women Empowerment also.
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