India captain Mithali Raj speaks ahead of the ICC Women’s World Cup which begins in England on Saturday.(PTI)
India captain Mithali Raj speaks ahead of the ICC Women’s World Cup which begins in England on Saturday.(PTI)

Mithali Raj gives this smart reply when asked about her favourite male cricketer

India captain Mithali Raj was speaking ahead of the ICC Women’s World Cup opener against England at Derby on Saturday.
By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, London
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2017 11:56 AM IST

Indian women’s cricket team skipper Mithali Raj feels they should not be compared to their male counterparts and laments the lack of recognition despite representing a country where the sport reigns supreme.

The veteran player came up with a snappy response when asked who her favourite men’s cricketer was between India and Pakistan.

“Do you ask the same question to a male cricketer? Do you ask them who their favourite female cricketer is?” she said to the scribe in question.

READ | Women’s World Cup: Mithali Raj stars as India win warm-up game vs Sri Lanka

“I have always been asked who’s your favourite cricketer but you should ask them who their favourite female cricketer is.”

Raj was attending the opening dinner and media roundtable event on the eve of the ICC Women’s World Cup.

Raj pointed out that the Indian women do not receive the same amount of publicity as the men.

“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,” she said.

READ | Mithali Raj stars in Indian women’s cricket team’s warm-up win vs Sri Lanka

Raj said the team has benefitted under the guidance of coach Tushar Arothe.

“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 at some point that women’s cricket would be up there,” she said.

“All of us at some point have been coached by a male cricketer. I strongly believe that they get a lot of intensity into the training sessions. They are very hard taskmasters.

READ | Mithali Raj sets semis target for Team India in ICC Women’s World Cup 2017

“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.”

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