"This is not the first time, but second time that he is gifting me a car," Mithali Raj said    IANS
“This is not the first time, but second time that he is gifting me a car,” Mithali Raj said IANS

Hyderabad: Encouragement is all one needs and it is a matter of pride when you see women emerging in the field of sports, especially cricket, which has till now only been seen as a game played by men in India. Mithali Raj, who led team India to the finals of the recently-concluded ICC Women’s World Cup, was on Tuesday gifted a BMW by businessman V Chamundeswaranath. India ended up as the runner-up in the global tournament after losing to England in the finals by just nine runs. However, the team did put up a good show and gave a tough fight in managing to reach the finals. Mithali Raj and co. to PM Narendra Modi: How do you handle pressure?

“This is not the first time, but second time that he is gifting me a car,” Mithali said. Back in 2005, he had gifted a Chevrolet car to Mithali after the team reached the World Cup finals where they lost to Australia. “He [Chamundeswaranath] is one person a sportsperson can count on for encouragement and support,” she added. “Not just this, he has also gifted me many bats, with which I have scored a lot,” she said. This is not the first time that Chamundeswaranath has felicitated a sportsperson. Earlier, for their stellar performance in Rio Olympics 2016, PV Sindhu (Badminton Singles silver medallist), Sakshi Malik ( Women’s Wrestling bronze medallist), Dipa Karmarkar ( Women’s Gymnastics 4th spot finish) and Pullela Gopichand (Badminton coach), were each gifted a BMW by the businessman. PM Modi describes meeting with Mithali and Co. as great feeling

Meanwhile, the Indian Women cheerfully greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi after returning home from England. Mithali Raj-led side came tantalisingly close to winning ICC Women s World Cup 2017, losing out by a mere 9 runs to hosts at The Lord s.