It was a star-studded night at the Indian Sports Honours Awards and no one shone brighter than Mithali Raj, the mercurial batswoman who has brought much glory to her sport and country.
The Indian Women’s team’s skipper and her girls made it to the 2017 ICC World Cup final against England, where they fought a close contest, with Mithali racking up a solid 71 against the Brits but unable to avert a crushing loss.
First DRS of Women ODI by our Captain Mithali Raj during the match against England in WWC17 at Derby and it was first successful DRS too. pic.twitter.com/gwyRGdI6Zz— Women's Cricket Ind. (@IWCFG) November 11, 2017
Apart from the SportsWoman of the Year award, the 34-year old from Jodhpur, who recently became the number one ODI batswoman, also bagged the prize for Team of the Year.
🇮🇳🇮🇳Indian women’s cricket team awarded Team of the Year in Mumbai event,— Anita Chauhan (@anita_chauhan80) November 13, 2017
The Indian women’s cricket team was bestowed with the Team of the Year Award at the inaugural edition of the Indian Sports Honours💐💐 on Saturday.#MondayMotivationpic.twitter.com/ybHOhHZdUO
There are million lovers of #MithaliRaj— Dheerendra Singh (@Dheeren42037894) November 9, 2017
Mithali made her cricketing debut at age 16 in 1999, when she hammered home her first century against Ireland, making her the youngest centurion in women’s ODI’s. Since then, she has been dubbed the ‘Sachin Tendulkar of Women’s Cricket’ but the way she is rising, soon men will be dubbed the ‘Mithali Raj of Cricket’!
Mithali Raj, Captain of Indian Women's team has tweeted about Inner Engineering. #TryYogaThisNov— Jayanth (@aadhiyogishiva) November 11, 2017
"A calm in midst of clamour. Inner Engineering a shift from 'journey for joy' to 'journey of joy'." pic.twitter.com/M6J4EgkDPg
Apart from being India’s most famous female cricketer, Mithali has inspired many of the country’s women, who are battling various odds, to take up the sport. In fact, a leading motion picture company has acquired the rights for making a movie on her life and she will surely be hoping it inspires more young girls to take up sports as a career.
Here it is! The first movie on women's cricket, thanks to Mithali and Co. https://t.co/Q9GAMtfbio— krishna padmanabhan (@krishp) August 30, 2017
Mithali and her team will take on South Africa next where they will be hoping to go one better on the momentum they generated from their commendable run in the World Cup. All of India will surely be wishing them the best!
@M_Raj03 Congratulations on being No1. A proud moment for Indian cricket— punitgamby (@punitgamby) November 2, 2017