‘Australia, England are toughest teams in Women’s World Cup’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Mar 2017 10:57:45


By Partha Sarathi Behera,

Raipur,

Mar 9,

‘Lady Sachin’ Mithali Raj said sportspersons must abide by rules laid by regulating bodies.

Emphasises on need for financial independency of women in man-dominated society

Strongly advocating for discipline in sports, Indian Women’s Cricket team captain Mithali Raj said that the international sportspersons must respect the defined rules both on and off the field to set examples for the coming generations.


“A deliberate attempt to defy disciplinary rules laid by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the sake of cricket is always condemnable. If it was a conscious act by the Australian captain, Steve Smith, he should not have done that,” Mithali Raj, who is also called as ‘Lady Sachin’ in India, told this newspaper when asked about Smith-Kohli spar during the second test at Bengaluru. She, however, defended Smith saying, “Sometime it happeyns when a player is under extreme pressure and the situation of the match was like that only with Smith, himself, was the key wicket for Australia and he might have realized that that his dismissal might land his team into trouble.” She was in Raipur to play the inter-zone women’s cricket tournament of BCCI. Her team was staying at Hotel V W Canyon Mithali, who is the second women cricketer of the world and first Indian to score over 5000 runs in international cricket after English woman Charlotte Edwards, said that the coming world cup , scheduled to be played at England and Wales, is team’s ultimate goal. “Reigning champion Australia and England are the two toughest teams. We are confident of making it to the last four in the world cup, but we will try to play the final. Our team is at present is in a good shape. Some young players like opener Dipti Sharma, leg-break bowler Devika Vaidya and fast bowler Mansi Joshi are doing well in the current domestic matches,” said the 34-year-old Mithali, who has been honoured with Arjuna Award in 2003 and Padma Shri in 2015, for her contribution to the game of cricket in her long career. “I wanted to play at least two more years including the world cup,” said Mithali.


To a query, Mithali said that the T20 and One-day crickets can be little blamed for maximum results in test matches these days. “Results in test matches are coming within three days as the players are more used to the T20 and One Day matches. The players are playing like than only. It is not entirely correct to blame the pitches,” Mithali said.


Speaking on women empowerment on the occasion of Women’s Day on March 8, during a cake-cutting ceremony with her teammates at Hotel VW Canyon in the presence of hotel General Manager Anup B Pillai, Mithali said women should be financially independent and that will ensure their safety more in this man-dominated society. “It will always be a respect for me to be compared with great Sachin Tendulkar, but I would be more happy to establish my own identity. My parents have been my source of inspiration apart from my brother,” concluded Mithali.