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Just two days back, the spunky captain of the Indian Women’s Cricket team successfully shut down a sexist reporter, and today matched her actions with her words by smashing her way into record books at the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup with her seventh consecutive 50!
Mithali Raj, she of the red-streaked hair, brooding appearance and extremely sharp intellect, breaker of several world records and winner of the Arjuna Award and the Padma Shri, who has proved her mettle as a fine right - handed cricketer has been in fine form lately, both on and off the field.
At the opening dinner and media round table event for the Women’s Cricket World Cup, Mithali was asked to name her favourite male player, to which she scathingly retorted that “Do you ask the same question to a male cricketer? Do you ask them who their favourite female cricketer is? I have always been asked who’s your favourite cricketer but you should ask them who their favourite female cricketer is!” effectively shutting down the reporter and his sexist comments.
Following her off-field boldness with impeccable on-field play and timing, Mithali scored 71 in the opening match of the World Cup in England, setting a world record for the most half centuries by any woman player in the ODIs.
Mithali smashed several other records during the course of the match. She not only has the highest number of consecutive fifties now (seven), but also has the highest number of half centuries (47) by any international women cricketer. She is now also the second cricketer in women’s cricket to score more than 5,000 runs in ODIs. Her total so far is 5,852 runs in 178 games, no wonder then that she is often referred to as the “Sachin Tendulkar” of women’s cricket!
She’s now famous in cyberspace as well, since as captain of the Indian women’s team she has her own Twitter emoji as part of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) digital tie-up which lets all the skippers have their own Twitter emojis. The emojis can be unlocked by hashtagging the player’s name.
Way to go, Mithali! Here's hoping you keep inspiring us and future generations as well!
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