Mithali Raj. (TOI Photo)
NEW DELHI: India’s ODI skipper Mithali Raj says she is focussed on successful the World Cup subsequent 12 months 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 staff couldn’t elevate the coveted trophy. Under Mithali’s management, India reached the ultimate of the 2017 World Cup last however misplaced to hosts England. A 12 months 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 super six stage. I was hurt and quite disappointed,” she stated on Star Sports 1 Telugu present Girl Power-Sarileru Manakevvaru.
“I assumed let me give it a attempt within the 2017 World Cup. Then I actually labored onerous for that World Cup. As a participant, as a captain, I did a whole lot of homework. I assumed after we have been within the finals, if we win the finals, then I’ll retire.
“After taking part in for therefore a few years, in all probability I had the whole lot, besides that one World Cup. In 2021 once more I’m going to present one other attempt, hopefully with all people’s needs and God keen we must always crack it.”
The 37-year-old Mithali, who retired from T20 cricket final 12 months to pay attention solely on ODIs, stated she aspired to hitch civil service earlier than cricket turned part of her life.
“Honestly cricket occurred to me. It did not come by selection. I did not select to get into cricket. You can see, my teammates, those that have totally different tales, like they performed with their brothers and a few of them have been impressed by their brothers. They performed in streets.
“But (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 women.
“I used to be too younger to choose. If at the moment any person might ask a 10-year-old Mithali, what you wish to turn into, I’d have stated that I needed to turn into an IAS officer. Not a sportsperson, not a dancer. I at all times felt I had it in me to be an IAS officer.”
She felt girls’s cricket ought to have come beneath the BCCI no less than 5 years earlier than it truly did.
“Women’s cricket got here beneath BCCI on the time of 2006-07. I really feel if it had occurred 5 years earlier than, it will have been higher. Many proficient gamers at the moment, due to lack of cash, lack of monetary stability via this recreation, needed to shift to totally different fields.
“After turning 23-24, mother and father will ask what’s subsequent? So, being a girls cricketer what are you able to inform mother and father? I do not earn cash, I’m taking part in for ardour? Nobody will purchase it. Because of that motive, a whole lot of proficient folks needed to let go of their career (cricket).
“So, at the moment if BCCI was there, they might have added an prolonged profession and we might have extra pool of gamers in girls’s cricket.”