Women’s World Cup Cricket 2017 will begin in London in less than 24 hours. All the nations are ready for this high-voltage championship. In the pre-event dinner on Wednesday, Indian cricket team captain Mithali Raj was asked, who her favorite male cricket star was between India and Pakistan?
This was her answer, according to the ESPNcricinfo, “Do you ask the same question to a male cricketer? Do you ask them who their favorite female cricketer is? I have always been asked who’s your favorite cricketer but you should ask them who their favorite female cricketer is.”
Source: Hindustan Times
She even pointed out the difference between the amount of publicity Indian men cricket team receive than women team.
She said: “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-ups to do in terms of recognition.”
Adam Collins, a cricket writer has applauded Mithali’s response on Twitter: “Superb response from Indian skipper Mithali Raj. Asked by a reporter who her favorite male player is: “Would you ask a man that?”
She further added: “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.”
India will take on the hosts, England on 24th June in Derbyshire.