Indian women’s captain Mithali Raj has clearly made it that female cricketer must hold their own and not to be the judge to their male counterparts.
When asked on the eve of the Women’s World Cup about her favourite men’s cricketer, captain 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 your favourite cricketer is but you should ask them who their favourite female cricketer is.”
Although Captain Raj, who plays in most popular and well-supported cricketing nation in the world. She quickly pointed out that the Indian women’s cricketer does not receive the same amount of publicity as their superstar men.
Raj said “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.”
Raj agreed that they need to learn more from men’s game especially in the coaching department. Later this year, Coach Tushar Arothe replaced Purnima Rau as the Indian women’s coach and she said the team has brought the advantage under his guidance.
“Men’s cricket sets the bar. We are always trying to reach where they set the standard. All of us follow men’s cricket because we want to some point that women’s cricket would be up there. All of us at some point have been coached by a man cricketer.”
“I strongly believe that they get a lot of intensity into the training sessions. They are very hard taskmasters. I believe that if you are representing your country, your country should get the best of the best. It’s nothing to do with women coaches [who] don’t have the ability, they do.”
“But if you really want to push the team to the highest level, you need to have somebody who is a tough taskmaster so that the girls really put in the intensity in their training sessions and they carry that into the main tournaments.”