On August 28, Sunday, Mithali Raj, the former captain of the India women’s cricket team, said that the Men in Blue have a big opportunity to lift the Cricket World Cup later this year. While speaking on the sidelines of a women’s tournament final in Jammu and Kashmir, the 40-year-old has evaluated that the favourable home conditions could be one of the biggest reasons why India can do well at the upcoming tournament.
In her illustrious career, Mithali Raj played in two ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup finals, firstly in 2005, and then, captained the Women in Blue in 2017. As one of the most prolific batters in women’s cricket, she played in 232 ODIs for India, amassing 7805 runs at an average of 50.64 with seven centuries, while becoming the highest run scorer in the history of 50 overs cricket.
While speaking to the reporters about the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, which is scheduled to begin from October 5, Mithali Raj said, as per Indian Express, “As an Indian cricket fan, I would want India to play in the final. It is a big opportunity. We are the host nation and the conditions are in our favour.”
The Jodhpur-born cricketer stated that the Men in Blue can win the Cricket World Cup in over two months' time. She was quoted as saying, “If they (team) do well, we will get another opportunity to lift the World Cup.”
Mithali Raj also spoke about how BCCI is constantly taking women’s cricket in India to the next level, especially with the introduction of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) earlier this year. “For past two to three years, the BCCI has been making lot of efforts to promote the women’s game and women players. The WIPL this year has also gone well and it is good for the sports profile. We hope that many players will come up from the state in the next two to three years,” remarked the 40-year-old.