Mithali Raj    Getty Images
Mithali Raj Getty Images

Women cricketers today have reached a stage where they receive little time to spend with their family and friends. The rigorous schedule keeps them away from home on most occasions. In an exclusive interview with Vanitha VR, the all-rounder revealed how she and her brother Suresh started Orgobliss. Although it is a business to boost the agricultural products, Vanitha gets to spend some time with her family in the process.

During the time Mamatha Maben was playing for India, there were few matches organised by the Indian board. Mamatha received plenty of time to spend with her sisters. Meanwhile, Veda Krishnamurthy had to stay away from her family to build her career.

Mithali Raj, the leading run-scorer in ODIs, too had her share of struggles. On the occasion of Bhai Dooj, Mithali remembered an anecdote related to her brother Mithun Raj. The incident was during 2002 when Mithali was approaching the peak of her career, a time when she scored 214 against England at Taunton the then highest score in Women s Tests.

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Mithali, a teenager then, was dealing with personal issues. She was unable to focus on her game. It was her brother who came to the rescue.

Recalling the incident Mithali said, I was in Mumbai and I think he was in Visakhapatnam. He used to write me mails and call on the landline mobile phones weren t common at that time motivating me to focus on my game. He said that he d take care of the rest. I still remember how he d say that he was there for me. An emotional Mithali further added, We don t need any occasion to celebrate our bond.

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Echoing same thoughts, Mithun, an environmentalist, shares that the siblings have an understanding that s beyond words, Whenever there s something that she can t discuss with our parents, she d confide in me, says Mithun as quoted by Hindustan Times.

Upon asking a quality about Mithali that no one is aware of, Mithun reveals, I consider Mithali being a sister a gift in itself. She s very dedicated, and focussed on her game, but in her personal life, she s quite lazy she d unmindfully leave her things here and there. Though I don t get to see her often, every time I enter her room [in their family home in Hyderabad], I smile, looking at the way she has decorated her room with the stuffed toys I gifted her.