A beginning of good time for Women's cricket: Mithali Raj

Women's World Cup Harmanpreet Kaur Mithali Ray Sports news Indian Express

Women's World Cup Harmanpreet Kaur Mithali Ray Sports news Indian Express

"Recently, they (railways) have come up with a scheme of excellence where we get 330 days off to work on our game and that has really helped us to improve our individual games and given us more opportunities to work as a team", the cricketer said.

Mumbai: Indian women's cricket team might have missed out on the title by a whisker on Sunday but their stupendous show throughout the ICC World Cup won them many hearts. Jhulan was a member of the 2005 women's World Cup team who had also finished runners-up losing to Australia by 98 runs.

Telling the players that they had not "lost", the Prime Minister said that 125 crore Indians carried their defeat in the final, on their shoulders, and this was, in fact, their greatest victory.

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"It's just not the Indian team, but also the other teams that put up very good standard of play throughout the World Cup; and that has actually provided an impetus (for the development of the women's game) globally", she said. "But the way team has done, I can proudly say that I have led the team well".

"But the World Cup has taught us how to be mentally tough".

The veteran, who made her India debut in 1999, spoke of how coming under the BCCI had seen women's cricket in India take big strides.

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"If something like this is started in India, it will help players get exposure but it's up to the BCCI", she said. We thought you would sure to win in the final as well.

Yet, a composed Mithali sported a smile when she finally boarded the auto safely. But I would have preferred to be a winning captain.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday presented cheques of Rs50 lakh each to the players besides giving away Rs25 lakh each to the support staff. Unfortunately, we lost by a slender margin. "I have also watched the match", a statement from the Chief Minister's office quoted him as saying.

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