Friday, January 27TRUSTED FEARLESS INTERNATIONAL & NATIONAL NEWS PORTAL

Tag: Mithali Raj

Sports

Inaugural Women’s U-19 World Cup: Young players finally get global platform to shine | Cricket News – Times of India

BENONI: Young female players will get their much awaited opportunity to shine on the global stage when the inaugural U-19 Women's World Cup begins here on Saturday.While the International Cricket Council has staged 14 Men's U-19 World Cup editions since 1988, the future stars of the women's game will finally get the much needed exposure they were craving for.Women's cricket has grown massively over the past five years but there is still a pressing need to unearth more talent to popularise the game further.A total of 41 games will be played across four venues in Benoni and Potchefstroom. The 16-team event was supposed to be held in 2021 but was pushed back to 2023 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.A total of 11 full members -- Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakis...
Sports

Women’s cricket | Andhra batter Meghana making her return count in style

India’s S. Meghana during game three in the One-Day International series against New Zealand at the John Davies Oval on February 18, 2022, in Queenstown, New Zealand. | Photo Credit: Getty Images The wait had been long for S. Meghana. More than five years, actually. She was 20 when she made her India debut. After playing seven T20I matches in late 2016, she was dropped. She was upset that she could not even make the domestic one-day team for two years. There were times when she thought of quitting. But her father, who introduced her to cricket, gave the moral support she badly needed. She was so depressed that she did not even want to touch the bat for two or three weeks.Those bad days are behind Meghana. Not only has she earned her place back in India’s T20I team, she also made her WO...
Sports

Mithali Raj wants Indo-Pak final but says India need to produce A-game to beat England in semis

Former women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj wants a blockbuster India-Pakistan T20 World Cup final but said for that to happen Rohit Sharma’s men will have to dish out their ‘A-game’ to get the better of England in the semifinal in Adelaide on Thursday. Pakistan outclassed last edition’s runners-up New Zealand by seven wickets to book their place in the T20 World Cup final for the third time. If India manage to beat England, they will set up a mouth-watering title clash against arch-rivals Pakistan after 15 years. India and Pakistan played in a T20 World Cup final in the tournament’s inaugural edition in 2007 where the former emerged triumphant. “Sure, it (India-Pakistan final) will (happen). Now that Pakistan has qualified for the final, India will be at their best,” Mithali said o...
Sports

Mithali Raj keeps options open for women’s IPL – player or mentor or even owning team

Former India captain Mithali Raj is keeping her options open for the women’s IPL tournament slated next year — player or mentor or even owning a team. The BCCI recently announced that the inaugural women’s IPL will take place in March next year before the men’s tournament. “I am keeping that role open, whether as a player or in a franchise in some way as a mentor,” she told PTI in an interview on Tuesday. “But right now, nothing is clear, there are five teams…how they are going to do, whether it’s a bidding or auction, so until there is some concrete information, I am keeping pretty much all things open,” said Mithali, who retired from international cricket earlier this year. Asked if owning a team is an option, she said, “Maybe, yes”. Mithali recently made her debut as a commentator an...
Sports

Mithali Raj keeps options open for women’s IPL — player or mentor or even owning team | Cricket News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Former India captain Mithali Raj is keeping her options open for the women's IPL tournament slated next year -- player or mentor or even owning a team. The BCCI recently announced that the inaugural women's IPL will take place in March next year before the men's tournament. "I am keeping that role open, whether as a player or in a franchise in some way as a mentor," she told PTI in an interview on Tuesday. "But right now, nothing is clear, there are five teams...how they are going to do, whether it's a bidding or auction, so until there is some concrete information, I am keeping pretty much all things open," said Mithali, who retired from international cricket earlier this year. Asked if owning a team is an option, she said, "Maybe, yes". Mithali recently made her debut as a ...
Sports

Equal pay step in right direction but Women’s IPL promises more inclusivity | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The BCCI's decision to bring women cricketers' match fees at par with men has been expectedly lauded by the fraternity but experts say it is only one step towards making the sport gender equal and more inclusivity will be achieved when the inaugural Women's IPL gets underway in March. The match fees will go up drastically with an ODI appearance fetching Rs 6 lakh, six times the existing structure. Playing a Test match will give the women cricketers Rs 15 lakh, which is almost four times more than the previous four lakh. The numbers support the rapid growth of women's cricket in India in the last five years but if one looks at the central contracts of men and women, there is still no comparison. A male cricketer in the A category commands a Rs 5 crore contract while it's Rs 50...
Sports

Indian cricket fraternity lauds BCCI for introduction of equal match-fee for men and women players | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian women cricketers took to social media to laud the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for introducing equal match fee for both men's and women's cricketers in a huge step to introduce pay equity in the sport. In a historic move by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), India's cricket governing body on Thursday announced an equal match fee for both men's and women's cricketers of India. Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur took to social media to express happiness at the move, calling it a "red letter day for women's cricket in India. "Truly a red-letter day for Women's Cricket in India with pay parity announced for women and men. Thank you @BCCIand @JayShah," tweeted Harmanpreet Kaur. Truly a red letter day for Women’s Cricket in India with pay parity a...
Sports

She would spit fire even while bowling at me in nets: Mithali pays tribute to longtime teammate Jhulan

Jhulan Goswami’s commitment to the game was such that she would “spit fire” even while bowling in the nets, and at the receiving end of it often was her longtime teammate and captain, Mithali Raj. India’s finest ever batter Mithali, who called time on a glorious career in July, on Saturday welcomed her contemporary and fast-bowling great Jhulan into the former cricketers’ club. Having shared the dressing room for close to two decades, Mithali and Jhulan saw the massive growth of women’s cricket in India, shared many memorable wins and also some heartbreaking losses. Speaking to PTI on Jhulan’s immense impact, longevity and relentless hardwork over the years, Mithali began by talking about the ‘Chakdaha Express” early days when she came into the Indian team as a 19-year-old. “We are of t...
Sports

Smriti Mandhana becomes fastest Indian woman to complete 3000 runs in ODIs | Cricket News – Times of India

CANTERBURY (UK): India's star batter Smriti Mandhana on Wednesday crossed the 3000 runs milestone in the One-Day International format, becoming the third Indian player to achieve the landmark in women's ODIs. Mandhana reached the feat in her 76th ODI innings, surpassing India legend Mithali Raj who crossed the mark in 88 innings. Mandhana achieved this feat during the second ODI match of the three-match series against England in Canterbury. Smriti Mandhana completed 3,000 runs in ODI cricket at an average of 43+ and almost 85 strike rates. 3⃣0⃣0⃣0⃣ ODI runs & counting! 👏 👏Another landmark for @mandhana_smriti! 👍 👍Follow the match ▶️… https://t.co/otCuuyyKDT— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 1663763994000Mandhana became the quickest India women's player and the third fastest Indian after Shik...
Sports

Mithali mantra for success: Do boring things with passion | Cricket News – Times of India

HYDERABAD: For nearly 23 long years – from a 16-year-old to her late 30s - Mithali Raj had been on the cricket field traversing across the globe showcasing her immense talent with the willow. The 'reluctant' cricketer became a torchbearer for women as she was a pioneer in many ways. But the journey hasn't been an easy one. There were many pitfalls to avoid and low phases of life to overcome. "When you are successful not many things cross your mind because you just go with the good things that are happening. But when times are difficult, it becomes a different ball game. I would always think - as a young player - why I am facing this. But then when I shared it with – I don't remember exactly with whom all – they were able to help me out," Mithali, who is busy in the promotion of her biop...
Sports

Indian women’s cricket team can win medal at CWG: Mithali Raj | Commonwealth Games 2022 News – Times of India

KOLKATA: Mithali Raj feels the title of her forthcoming biopic ‘Shabaash Mithu’ is very close to her heart. “That’s what my teammates used to tell me when I got runs for the country. Hence it reminds me of my good old days and all my colleagues,” she said during a promotional function in the city on Saturday. In spite of retiring from the game recently, Mithali keeps a close watch on the game and is happy to see how the Indian women routed Sri Lanka in both the T20I and ODI series. The performance naturally raised hopes of an Indian medal in the forthcoming Commonwealth Games where women’s cricket will make its debut. “In the T20 format, the margin of error is very less. As such the preparation part is very important. We have a very strong team. If we get the plans in place beforehand, ...