Mithali: 'Perception towards women’s cricket has changed'

India women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj credited the side's heroics at last year's World Cup in England for the change in mindset.

Mithali Raj: "It hasn’t been very easy taking up a sport which was dominated by the males back then in the 90s."   -  PTI

India women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj believes that her team's heroics at last year's World Cup in England has ameliorated the status of women's cricket in the country. India finished as runner-up after going down to host England in the final played last July.

“It hasn’t been very easy taking up a sport which was dominated by the males back then in the 90s,” Mithali, who made her ODI debut in 1999, said at an event here.

“I am sure after the World Cup, things have changed (for women’s cricket)...perception of people in India has changed towards women’s cricket and things look very good from now on under BCCI,” she said after the launch of UN Women’s ’Mujhe Haq Hai’ anthem.

Mithali also acknowledged her parents' role in her success. “We had our parents to support us through thick and thin and that is why they have been the revolutionist to give us the stage and the platform and give us the independence to create our own identity.

“We need to change the mindset of our society because that's the biggest challenge that we as women athletes have faced in our journey."

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