Mithali Raj. (TOI Photograph)
NEW DELHI: India’s ODI skipper Mithali Raj says she is focussed on successful the World Cup subsequent yr 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 group couldn’t elevate the coveted trophy. Beneath Mithali’s management, India reached the ultimate of the 2017 World Cup closing however misplaced to hosts England. A yr later within the West Indies, India have 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 disillusioned,” she mentioned on Star Sports activities 1 Telugu present Lady Energy-Sarileru Manakevvaru.
“I assumed let me give it a attempt within the 2017 World Cup. Then I actually labored arduous for that World Cup. As a participant, as a captain, I did plenty of homework. I assumed after we have been within the finals, if we win the finals, then I’ll retire.
“After enjoying for therefore a few years, most likely I had all the pieces, besides that one World Cup. In 2021 once more I’m going to offer one other attempt, hopefully with all people’s needs and God keen we must always crack it.”
The 37-year-old Mithali, who retired from T20 cricket final yr to pay attention solely on ODIs, mentioned she aspired to hitch civil service earlier than cricket grew to become 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 have 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 women.
“I used to be too younger to choose. If at the moment someone may ask a 10-year-old Mithali, what you wish to turn out to be, I might have mentioned that I needed to turn out to be an IAS officer. Not a sportsperson, not a dancer. I at all times felt I had it in me to be an IAS officer.”
She felt girls’s cricket ought to have come below the BCCI a minimum of 5 years earlier than it truly did.
“Girls’s cricket got here below BCCI on the time of 2006-07. I really feel if it had occurred 5 years earlier than, it will have been higher. Many proficient gamers at the moment, due to lack of cash, lack of monetary stability by means of this recreation, needed to shift to completely different fields.
“After turning 23-24, dad and mom will ask what’s subsequent? So, being a girls cricketer what are you able to inform dad and mom? I do not earn cash, I’m enjoying for ardour? No person will purchase it. Due to that purpose, plenty of proficient individuals needed to let go of their occupation (cricket).
“So, at the moment if BCCI was there, they’d have added an prolonged profession and we’d have extra pool of gamers in girls’s cricket.”