Mithali Raj was overwhelmed to see the immense and respectful reception the girls received at the airport    IANS
Mithali Raj was overwhelmed to see the immense and respectful reception the girls received at the airport IANS

The Indian Women‘s cricket team landed in Mumbai following their outstanding show in the just concluded ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 in England, where they finished as the runners up following their defeat to England in the final at Lord’s. Indian skipper Mithali Raj was overwhelmed to see the immense and respectful reception the girls received at the airport. She also said that it was the beginning of good time for women’s cricket. She also went on to add that apart from BCCI treating them well, the broadcast and live telecast of the women’s matches have certainly made a difference, allowing the women to make names for themselves. Sania Mirza hails Mithali Raj as incredible ambassador

“It’s overwhelming to see such kind of reception, it’s first of kind for all of us, I faced kind of similar one in 2005, then we were not under BCCI. I was wondering had we been under BCCI what kind of reaction we would get, girls would have enjoyed being received like that, it is just a beginning of good time for Women’s Cricket. The girls always deserved it, now because of broadcasting and televising of the game it is more, coming under BCCI has made a difference. I always believed if more matches are televised we can attract more people. The way the girls have played, Indian and other teams have put up good standard of cricket in World Cup and it has given impetus to women cricket globally, it has given us more positive feedback,” said Mithali.

“After going through the World Cup and the way women’s cricket have responded and improved the standard, they are taking it to different level, scoring more than 300 . Every team has got a century. It is probably because of the leagues in Australia and England. Even our couple of players have improved their standard and they have really performed really well for a country. So, I am sure if something in that format, in that perspective is started in India, it will only help even the domestic players in terms of exposure. But again it is up to the board for organising the league. As a player, I feel even the domestic players, if exposed to good cricket environment and interact with good international player, will benefit.” Mithali Raj to be gifted BMW in Hyderabad

“Being named the captain of ICC team XI is privilege. I didn’t expect it. But I would have preferred to be a winning captain. Unfortunately that didn’t happen. But the way team has done, I can proudly say that I have led the team well. All credit to the team because the way the girls have responded to the challenges, the way I have asked them to perform and motivated them.”

Mithali also commented further on the memorable moments from the tournament: “The most important moment for us as a team to realise was the England game. Beating the hosts in the first game. Winning the opening game of the campaign was really a big boost for the girls. They realised that they are capable of beating the hosts who are the second top in the rankings and one of the top most teams in the women’s cricket.” Jhulan Goswami: Bowling at Lord’s in World Cup final was a dream come true

“Since then the girls believed that they could turn the things around. Yes, it was a little difficult when we lost in South Africa and Australia, but again it is bound to happen when you have a long tournament. I think it is important when you are aiming for the top four. We have to make comebacks. The girls had really turned things around against New Zealand and Australia and making it to the finals,” she concluded.