Answering media's questions in a unique way is not everyone's cup of tea and at the end of the day, everyone is not M.S. Dhoni, but it seems Mithali Raj is no behind.
Mithali Raj, the skipper of Indian Women's cricket team, is leading the team in the most prestigious ICC Women's World Cup in England. The Raj and team are all ready to take up against England in their opening encounter on June 24.
Recently, in an ICC Women's World Cup event organised in England, Raj and team were attending an opening dinner and roundtable event, and the questions from journalists were welcomed. On answering a few expected questions, the 34-year-old captain was asked who her favourite male cricketer was among the teams of India and Pakistan.
The question came unexpectedly, but Raj was ready with an epic reply.
Raj complained that the women's cricket is lesser appreciated as compared to men in the land where cricket is treated as the national sport, even if it actually isn't. "There's a lot of difference because we are not a regular on television. Now the BCCI has made an effort that the last two home series have been televised and social media has improved a lot of it but there is a still a lot of catch-up to do in terms of recognition," she said.
Answering the question, about her favourite male cricketer in India or Pakistan asked by a Pakistani reporter, as reported by AajTak, Raj said "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." Raj continues.
Recently, Raj played an appreciable 85-run knock as Indian Women's Cricket Team beat Sri Lanka by 109 runs in a warm-up game of the ICC Women's World Cup. The recent win raised the hope of India's competition.
According to sources, Raj said, "They love to watch the men play but turn off the television screens when the women are playing." This raised point cannot be neglected because we have seen a lesser popularity of Women's Indian Cricket Team among the nation. The team is participating in World Cup but the people don't seem to get over Indian men team's loss against Pakistan.
The Women's team got a coach replacement too earlier this year when Tushar Arothe replaced Purnima Rau as India's women coach. Raj admitted the team has improved under his guidance.