Former captain of the Indian women’s cricket team, Mithali Raj, expressed her confidence in the Indian men’s cricket team, often referred to as the ‘Men in Blue,’ to seize the significant opportunity of winning the ICC World Cup on home turf later this year. The esteemed global cricketing event is scheduled to take place in India during October and November, and the host nation is fervently aiming to secure another World Cup title, adding to their triumphs in 1983 and 2011.
As a passionate Indian cricket supporter, Mithali Raj voiced her aspiration for the Indian team to reach the World Cup final. Highlighting the advantageous conditions provided by playing on home soil, she deemed it a pivotal moment for the team to excel and secure the prestigious trophy.
Raj, an iconic figure who holds the record for the highest run-scorer in Women’s One Day Internationals (WODIs) with an impressive tally of 7805 runs, shared her insights during her presence at the Women’s Premier League final.
She also underscored the promising trajectory of women’s cricket in the country. Raj acknowledged the dedicated efforts undertaken by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to propel the growth of women’s cricket and elevate the profile of women players. Raj commended the success of the Women’s Indian Premier League (WIPL) this year, expressing optimism about nurturing emerging talent in the state over the next few years.
In a significant endorsement of women’s empowerment in the sports arena, Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha, lauded the tournament as a commendable initiative. He expressed his firm belief in the abundance of talent within the state and emphasized the Jammu and Kashmir Administration’s unwavering commitment to empowering girls and women across various domains. Sinha envisaged a progressive future for Jammu and Kashmir, with women leading the way in the next phase of development.
Mithali Raj’s encouraging outlook and endorsement by prominent figures like Manoj Sinha underscore the immense potential and passion that cricket holds in India. As the nation prepares to host the prestigious ICC World Cup, the collective hopes and aspirations of cricket enthusiasts are set on the Indian team’s journey to secure yet another historic victory on home soil.