Telangana govt to give Rs 1 crore, house plot to Mithali Raj

Diana Edulji

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao today congratulated Indian Women's Cricket Team captain Ms Mithali Raj for taking the team to the world cup finals and registering the highest number of individual runs creating a record.

The Indian team performed exceedingly well throughout the tournament before ending up as runner-up, going down by nine runs to England in a nail-biting final at Lord's on July 23.

The players were felicitated by Fadnavis at Vidhan Bhawan. Even though they were unable to win the World Cup, they won the hearts of 1.25 crore Indians, ¿ Thakur told ANI.

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For Jhulan, who claimed 3/23 to restrict England to 228/7 in the final, there will be a few months' break now before India set its sight on next year's Women's World Twenty20 in the West Indies.

At a point where the whole country is praising and supporting the Indian women's cricket team, the team's skipper, Mithali Raj still awaits for the land that was promised to her in 2005.

She is proud that her team has now got global acceptance. India have played only five Tests in the last 10 years.

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Earlier, utter chaos prevailed as Mithali arrived at the Hyderabad Airport from Delhi as there were no proper arrangements to receive the champion cricketer. Nearly all faced misogyny from the days of gully cricket well into their professional lives.

Yet, a composed Mithali sported a smile when she finally boarded the auto safely.

He also said that the Ministry's doors are open 24x7 for players and best facilities will be provided to them so that they excel in their respective disciplines in order to make India a sports power hub. "I always believed if more matches are televised we can attract more people", said Raj.

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"I hope the BCCI also considers such a tournament here where we can share the dressing room with the foreign players and learn a lot", she added.

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