Mithali Raj is certainly in some busy schedule for now    IANS
Mithali Raj is certainly in some busy schedule for now IANS

It is almost month since the Indian women team returned as the runners-up from the recently concluded ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 in England, and skipper Mithali Raj is yet to finish unpacking her stuffs, given her busy schedule. From commitments of being guests in reality shows to attending felicitation programmes, Mithali has been caught up. Moreover, the amount of reception she, along with her other Indian members, have received for the past few weeks has certainly been overwhelming, as she plans to put her holiday plans on hold for now. Also read: Meet young Mithali Raj

“In the last three weeks, every day I’m in a different city attending two or three events. I haven’t even got time to properly unpack after getting home from England. The girls are all are enjoying the attention they deserve. At some point of time, we will get back to training and competitive cricket. In London, all of us planned our holidays and some of us were to go together. But now I don’t think we don’t have the time. We didn’t expect this kind of a reception and the acceptance of women’s cricket despite losing the final. People have been very positive. Wherever we go they have good things to say about women’s cricket. We’ve got such an amazing reception that I often wonder what it would have been like to come home as World champions. I’m sure it would have taken us to a different level,” Mithali told Times of India. Mithali Raj: It was a tough choice between cricket and classical dance

“From here on, whatever matches or tournaments we play internationally, it is important for the team to perform to the best of our ability. I’m glad I saw this phase of Indian women’s cricket while I’m still playing. I will continue to play as long as I’m in good form. Also, I want to groom youngsters. I’ve always told my dad, whenever I quit, I should leave a strong and formidable team and not when they are weak,” she added. Mithali, Jhulan not nominated for Khel Ratna by BCCI

“If India reach the top-two in rankings, then I’ll feel proud that I’ve got the team so far. I’m currently focusing on the World T20 next year, especially because we haven’t done well in that tournament before. The expectations will be high and I believe it is important for me to be there for the girls and guide them through it,” she concluded.