Twice India got here near successful the World Cup however the crew couldn’t raise the coveted trophy.
Under Mithali’s management, India reached the ultimate of the 2017 World Cup remaining however misplaced to hosts England. A yr later within the West Indies, India had been knocked out within the semifinals of the T20 World Cup.
“In 2013, when India hosted the world cup, we didn’t even qualify for the super six stage. I was hurt and quite disappointed,” she mentioned on Star Sports 1 Telugu present Girl Power-Sarileru Manakevvaru.
“I believed let me give a strive in 2017 World Cup. Then I actually labored arduous for that World Cup. As a participant, as a captain, I did a whole lot of homework. I believed once we had been within the finals, if we win the finals, then I’ll retire.
“After taking part in for therefore a few years, in all probability I had all the pieces, besides that one World Cup. In 2021 once more I’m going to provide one other strive, hopefully with all people’s needs and God keen we should always crack it.”
The 37-year-old Mithali, who retired from T20 cricket final yr to pay attention solely on ODIs, mentioned she aspired to affix civil service earlier than cricket turned part of her life. “Honestly cricket occurred to me. It did not come by selection. I did not select to get into cricket. You can see, my teammates, those that have totally different tales, like they performed with their brothers and a few of them had been impressed by their brothers. They performed within the streets.
“But (for me) it was nothing like that. My dad took me to the academy there whatever transpired, and I was straight away into a full-fledged academy for girls. I was too young to make a choice. If at that time somebody could ask a 10-year-old Mithali, what you want to become, I would have said that I wanted to become an IAS officer. Not a sportsperson, not a dancer. I always felt I had it in me to be an IAS officer.”
She felt girls’s cricket ought to have come underneath the BCCI at the least 5 years earlier than it really did. “Women’s cricket got here underneath BCCI on the time of 2006-07. I really feel if it had occurred 5 years earlier than, it will have been higher. Many gifted gamers at the moment, due to lack of cash, lack of monetary stability by this recreation, needed to shift to totally different fields.
“After turning 23-24, mother and father will ask what’s subsequent? So, being a girls cricketer what are you able to inform mother and father? I don’t earn cash, I’m taking part in for ardour? Nobody will purchase it. Because of that motive, a whole lot of gifted individuals, they needed to let go their occupation (cricket).
“So, at that time if BCCI was there, they would have added an extended career and we would have more pool of players in women’s cricket.”
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