Mithali Raj. (TOI Photograph)
NEW DELHI: India’s ODI skipper Mithali Raj says she is focussed on successful the World Cup subsequent 12 months to finish some unfinished enterprise and end her profession on a blaze of glory.
Twice India got here near successful the World Cup however the crew couldn’t elevate the coveted trophy. Beneath Mithali’s management, India reached the ultimate of the 2017 World Cup last however misplaced to hosts England. A 12 months later within the West Indies, India had been knocked out within the semifinals of the T20 World Cup.
“In 2013, when India hosted the world cup, we did not even qualify for the tremendous six stage. I used to be damage and fairly disenchanted,” she stated on Star Sports activities 1 Telugu present Lady Energy-Sarileru Manakevvaru.
“I believed let me give it a strive within the 2017 World Cup. Then I actually labored exhausting for that World Cup. As a participant, as a captain, I did quite a lot of homework. I believed after we had been within the finals, if we win the finals, then I’ll retire.
“After taking part in for thus a few years, most likely I had the whole lot, besides that one World Cup. In 2021 once more I’m going to present one other strive, hopefully with everyone’s needs and God keen we should always crack it.”
The 37-year-old Mithali, who retired from T20 cricket final 12 months to pay attention solely on ODIs, stated she aspired to affix civil service earlier than cricket turned part of her life.
“Truthfully cricket occurred to me. It did not come by alternative. I did not select to get into cricket. You’ll be able to see, my teammates, those that have completely different tales, like they performed with their brothers and a few of them had been impressed by their brothers. They performed in streets.
“However (for me) it was nothing like that. My dad took me to the academy there no matter transpired, and I used to be right away right into a full-fledged academy for ladies.
“I used to be too younger to choose. If at the moment someone might ask a 10-year-old Mithali, what you wish to change into, I’d have stated that I needed to change into an IAS officer. Not a sportsperson, not a dancer. I all the time felt I had it in me to be an IAS officer.”
She felt girls’s cricket ought to have come below the BCCI no less than 5 years earlier than it really did.
“Ladies’s cricket got here below BCCI on the time of 2006-07. I really feel if it had occurred 5 years earlier than, it might have been higher. Many proficient gamers at the moment, due to lack of cash, lack of monetary stability by way of this sport, needed to shift to completely different fields.
“After turning 23-24, mother and father will ask what’s subsequent? So, being a girls cricketer what are you able to inform mother and father? I do not earn cash, I’m taking part in for ardour? No person will purchase it. Due to that purpose, quite a lot of proficient folks needed to let go of their career (cricket).
“So, at the moment if BCCI was there, they’d have added an prolonged profession and we might have extra pool of gamers in girls’s cricket.”