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‘Ask yourself the same question of a male cricketer’: when Mithali Raj surprised a reporter with his answer


Former Indian women’s captain Mithali Raj announced her decision to retire from international cricket on Wednesday (June 8th). One of the greatest servants of Indian cricket, Raj is one of the most successful cricketers to have played for the Indian women’s cricket team and is also considered an all-time great. In an illustrious career spanning over two decades, she has won numerous matches and tournaments for India through her batting heroics.

Apart from being one of the strongest stalwarts in India’s batting formation for a number of years in women’s cricket, Raj was also an outstanding leader and holds the leading record in most ODIs as only captain in the history of women’s cricket. She was a calm and composed leader both on and off the pitch and led the team from the front.

While she liked to stay out of the spotlight during her acting days, Raj once puzzled a reporter with a brilliant response after she was asked a rather sexist question. The incident happened during a press conference ahead of the ODI Women’s World Cup in 2017 when Raj captained the Indian team.

During the press conference, a reporter asked who his favorite cricketer was. Raj was not at all impressed with the reporter’s question and responded by asking if he would ask any of the male cricketers a similar question about their favorite female cricketers.

“I have always been asked who your favorite cricketer is, but you should ask them what their favorite cricketer is,” Raj said at the press conference.

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One of the standard bearers of women’s cricket in India, Raj’s name is synonymous with women’s play in the country. She is unarguably one of the biggest names in India’s women’s cricket history and had the longest career in women’s ODIs of over 22 years.

At the same press conference, Raj had also spoken about the difference in viewership and fans in men’s and women’s cricket, explaining how there was much less coverage for the women’s game compared to men’s cricket.

“There’s a lot of difference because we’re not TV regulars. Now BCCI has made an effort to have the last two home series on TV and social media has improved a lot, but there’s still a lot of pitfalls to do in terms of recognition,” she said.

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Raj, who made her debut for India in an ODI against Ireland in 1999, she went on to play 12 Tests, 232 ODIs and 89 T20Is in women’s cricket. She has amassed 699 carries in the longest format at an average of 43.68 and is the all-time best run-getter in the ODIs with 7,805 carries in 232 games at an average of over 50. She is also the main run-getter for India in the T20I. with 2364 runs at an average of over 37.

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