Mithali Raj was picked as the captain for the ICC Team of the Tournament for the 2018 World Cup Image: Twitter
The Indian women's cricket team might have fallen just short- nine runs to be exact- of creating history by lifting the ICC World Cup but team captain Mithali Raj feels the team managed to create a buzz among people about women's cricket.
Mithali also hoped the feat will become the cornerstone for many more successes to come in the future. "Our team did well in the World Cup. I wouldn't say good because of the result but we have created a buzz about women's cricket in India among people. I am hoping it will be good times henceforth for women's cricket," she said.
So much love back home. Overwhelmed! This journey has provided me with so many wondrous lifelong memories, Grateful.😇 pic.twitter.com/CT2llQymCo— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) July 29, 2017
The skipper was talking to reporters after a felicitation programme at the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy, where she was presented with a BMW car by Chamundeswarnath, Vice President of the Telangana Badminton Association (TBA).
"I did not expect this kind of reception despite losing the final. As a team, we were all sad after the defeat in the final. This appreciation and feedback from the Prime Minister to Chief Minister has been really nice because all these years nobody gave us acknowledgement," she said.
"This time the matches were telecast live on television and social media. It created wider atmosphere and many people tweeted in support of the Indian team," added the 33-year-old.
These fleeting light-hearted moments on the field with the girls..... so precious! :) pic.twitter.com/gB9iBOpHH1— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) August 1, 2017
Mithali thanked Chamundeswarnath and said, "I am truly honoured. This is a second car from him. He had given the first car in 2005 when the team was not even in the BCCI and nobody acknowledged us."
The Telangana government last week announced a cash award of Rs 1 crore and 600 square yard house site in Hyderabad's Banjara Hills area for Mithali's impressive performance in the World Cup.
(With inputs from IANS)