Former Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj on Saturday said that she is overwhelmed by the praise received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for her contribution to the sport. After retiring from international cricket last month, the Prime Minister had extended her best wishes and said that she has been an inspiration to many players.
Mithali tweeted, “It is a matter of honor and pride that when one gets so much encouragement from our Prime Minister who is a role model and inspiration for millions other than me. I am overwhelmed by the kind words of encouragement he said for my contribution to cricket.
She wrote on her Twitter handle, “I will always cherish it. I feel very excited for my next innings and will work hard to live up to the expectations of our honorable Prime Minister in contributing to the development of Indian sports.
Mithali has added 7805 ODI runs in 232 matches at an average of over 50. He has scored 2364 runs in 89 T20 Internationals and 699 runs in 12 Tests with a century and four half-centuries. Mithali ended her career as the highest run-getter in ODI cricket. She was 1813 runs ahead of Charlotte Edwards of England, the second highest run-scorer.
Mithali retired after a career spanning 23 years. The Prime Minister wrote in a letter to him, “You have served Indian cricket for more than two decades. You have the stellar talent, perseverance and the will to change that is needed to perform well over the years. This enthusiasm has not only helped you, but you have also helped many budding players.
“One way to look at your career is through numbers. During your long playing career, there are many records that you have broken as well as many records. These achievements speak of your abilities, including being the top run scorer in women’s international cricket.
He wrote, “But at the same time your success goes beyond statistics and records. You are such a ‘trend’ athlete who has broken many records and you are a wonderful source of inspiration for others.