Indian women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj's father Durai Raj revealed that cricket was a way to wake the Indian batter early in the morning before anything else. On the other hand, Mithali's mother shared the struggles the parents had to go through while backing their daughter's choice.
The Indian women's cricket team is on the brink of entering the semi-finals of the Women's World Cup and the skipper Mithali Raj has played a pivotal role in the success of the team with the bat and her leadership skills. The 34-year old has scored two half-centuries so far in the tournament and recently became the first woman to score seven consecutive fifties and is on the cusp of becoming the highest run-getter in women's limited overs cricket.
"I had put my son in cricket camp. Mithali was very lazy, so to wake her up in the morning, I used to take her along. Casually I used to play with her there. It was my friend Jyoti Prasad who spotted the talent and the potential in her. After
"How can you allow you daughter to play cricket? What if she gets an injury on her face, who will marry her? That time anyone who heard about a girl who was playing
"I never bothered about these comments. I supported her decision. She chose dancing or cricket, for us her interest was most important. For
From her early days, Mithali never backed down from a challenge and faced everything head on.
"Once Mithali was playing with boys without
The Indian skipper's parents also gave an insight regarding
"If you give your 100% and play to your best, you will automatically break records and win matches. We only tell her to enjoy her game", they said.
India will take on South Africa today in the fourth match of the tournament and a win would ensure them a semi-finals berth.
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