Indian women’s team captain Mithali Raj has grabbed all the headlines again.
The batsman played a fantastic innings to help India register a win in their opening game of the 2017 women’s World Cup in which she broke the world record for most consecutive half centuries in ODI cricket. The girls in blue have won 17 of their last 18 ODI games and throughout those, Mithali Raj has been in the form of her life. India got the better of the host England in the first game of the season in which Smriti Mandhana scored a brilliant 89 along with her second fiddle at the top Poonam Raut. The English women were never really into the game as India outplayed them in all three departments.
Throughout the game, the Indian skipper, whose on field demeanor is quite similar to that of MS Dhoni, was trending on Twitter as well. She was caught by the camera reading a book when the openers were ripping through the bowlers. Many hailed her for her calmness as twitter exploded.
She has a dedicated emoji on Twitter of her on and reacting to that she said, “It feels great to have your own emoji and it’s good for women’s cricket and it gives quite an importance to women’s cricketers.”
She also explained the reason behind her reading when the openers were batting. “Since Kindle is not allowed, I had to borrow books from the fielding coach. He gave me this book by Rumi on Life’s Essentials so I was just reading that. I am into reading a lot and even before getting into batting I am always with Kindle or books because it calms me down and also I don’t get those jitters before getting into batting.
The media has been covering the women’s World Cup intensely, and for the kind of the cricket the Indian girls played, they deserve your attention during the tournament.