Mithali Raj : Ask the men in the game who their favourite female cricketer is

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Mithali Raj : Ask the men in the game who their favourite female cricketer is

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Indian women's captain Mithali Raj suggested a reporter to ask the men in cricket who their favourite female player in the game was when questioned about her favourite cricketer from India or Pakistan. Raj also pointed out the differences between the men and women's category of cricket in India.

Mithali Raj was attending an open dinner on the eve of the commencement of the women's World Cup when a reporter questioned the Indian women's skipper who her favourite player in the Indian or Pakistani side was. The 34-year old strongly responded to the question by replying,"Do you ask the same question to a male cricketer? Do you ask them who their favourite female cricketer is? I have always been asked who's your favourite cricketer but you should ask them who their favourite female cricketer is."

There is a stark contrast in the recognition and payment between the men and women Indian cricket teams get. Raj pointed out the difference and admitted that there is still scope for improvement in that area.

"There's a lot of difference because we are not a regular on television. Now the BCCI has made an effort that the last two home series have been televised and social media has improved a lot of it but there is a still a lot of catch-up to do in terms of recognition," she said.

However, the Indian skipper admitted that the women's team will be benefitted from the guidance from the men in the sport especially when it comes to coaching. Tushar Arothe replaced Purnima Rau as the Indian women coach and Raj revealed that the team had made ample progress under him.

"Men's cricket sets the bar. We are always trying to reach where they set the standard. All of us follow men's cricket because we want at some point that women's cricket would be up there," she said. "All of us at some point have been coached by a male cricketer. I strongly believe that they get a lot of intensity into the training sessions. They are very hard taskmasters.

"I believe that if you are representing your country, your country should get the best of the best. It's nothing to do with women coaches [who] don't have the ability, they do. but if you really want to push the team to the highest level, you need to have somebody who is a tough taskmaster so that the girls really put in the intensity in their training sessions and they carry that into the main tournaments." 

India starts their campaign on July 24 by playing against England Women at Derby

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