Revealed: August 2, 2020 10:33:51 am
India’s ODI skipper Mithali Raj says she is focussed on successful the World Cup subsequent yr to finish some unfinished enterprise and end her profession on a blaze of glory.
Twice India got here near successful the World Cup however the crew couldn’t carry the coveted trophy. Below Mithali’s management, India reached the ultimate of the 2017 World Cup last however misplaced to hosts England. A yr later within the West Indies, India have been knocked out within the semifinals of the T20 World Cup.
“In 2013, when India hosted the world cup, we didn’t even qualify for the tremendous six stage. I used to be damage and fairly disillusioned,” she mentioned on Star Sports activities 1 Telugu present Woman Energy-Sarileru Manakevvaru.
“I believed let me give a attempt in 2017 World Cup. Then I actually labored arduous for that World Cup. As a participant, as a captain, I did lots of homework. I believed once we have been within the finals, if we win the finals, then I’ll retire.
“After enjoying for thus a few years, in all probability I had all the things, besides that one World Cup. In 2021 once more I’m going to provide one other attempt, hopefully with all people’s needs and God prepared we must always crack it.”
The 37-year-old Mithali, who retired from T20 cricket final yr to pay attention solely on ODIs, mentioned she aspired to hitch civil service earlier than cricket turned part of her life.
“Actually cricket occurred to me. It didn’t come by alternative. I didn’t select to get into cricket. You may see, my teammates, those that have completely different tales, like they performed with their brothers and a few of them have been impressed by their brothers. They performed in streets.
“However (for me) it was nothing like that. My dad took me to the academy there no matter transpired, and I used to be right away right into a full-fledged academy for ladies.
“I used to be too younger to select. If at the moment any person may ask a 10-year-old Mithali, what you wish to develop into, I might have mentioned that I needed to develop into an IAS officer. Not a sportsperson, not a dancer. I all the time felt I had it in me to be an IAS officer.”
She felt girls’s cricket ought to have come underneath the BCCI not less than 5 years earlier than it truly did.
“Girls’s cricket got here underneath BCCI on the time of 2006-07. I really feel if it had occurred 5 years earlier than, it might have been higher. Many gifted gamers at the moment, due to lack of cash, lack of monetary stability by way of this sport, they needed to shift to completely different fields.
“After turning 23-24, dad and mom will ask what’s subsequent? So, being a girls cricketer what are you able to inform dad and mom? I don’t earn cash, I’m enjoying for ardour? No one will purchase it. Due to that purpose, lots of gifted folks, they needed to let go their occupation (cricket).
“So, at the moment if BCCI was there, they might have added an prolonged profession and we’d have extra pool of gamers in girls’s cricket.”
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