Indian women’s cricket team test and ODI captain, Mithali Raj has been nominated for the prestigious Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award. After the nomination, Raj expressed her thanks to all those who supported her in her journey. The award is lot more than just an award to her, it feels like she and the Indian women’s cricket team has finally been recognised. When Raj started her career in cricket, not many knew that India also had a women’s team. Now she feels that things are looking up.
“Truly something special in my career and I am really grateful to each and every one who has supported me over the years.
I feel this prestigious award is a recognition for women’s cricket itself in India. The ignorance about women’s cricket which was there when I started playing the game is not there any more thanks to the efforts by many, especially the BCCI.”
“I am sincerely grateful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BCCI honorary secretary Jay Shah, president Sourav Ganguly, Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, my employers Indian Railways, all the coaches in different phases of my career, my seniors — who played before me and were an inspiration for me to play the game with such passion — fellow players and most importantly the support staff for its untiring efforts.”
The nomination has uplifted Mithali Raj’s spirits
The women’s team has been training for the World Cup that is to take place in New Zealand. After being named for the award, Raj expressed that it has yet given her another reason to work harder to bring the trophy home. Raj had always wanted to win the World Cup trophy, but only time will tell if the team can manage to lift the trophy next year or not.
“This is a huge motivation especially when I am chasing my dream to win the World Cup for India next year in New Zealand. That is one trophy which I have been longing to win.”
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