Mithali Raj presented BMW car in Hyderabad

Telangana Badminton Association vice-president V. Chamundeswarinath gifted the India captain the car for being the leading run-getter in One-Day Internationals among women.

Mithali Raj is the first woman to cross the 6,000-run landmark in ODIs.   -  Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Mithali Raj, the India women’s captain, was gifted a BMW car by Telangana Badminton Association vice-president V. Chamundeswarinath. The car was presented to her at the Pullela Gopichand badminton academy here.

“We presented a BMW car as promised (to her) for becoming the highest run-getter (in women’s cricket),” Chamundeswarinath told PTI.

Mithali Raj had created a world record by becoming the first player to cross 6,000 runs in the history of women’s One-Day Internationals (ODIs) during the ICC World Cup match against Australia in Bristol.

This is the not the first time that Chamundeswarinath, popularly known as Chamundi, has gifted a luxury car to Mithali. The administrator had also presented her a car in 2007, in recognition of the women’s cricket team reaching the final of the World Cup in 2005. Mithali Raj lauded Chamundeswarinath for encouraging sportspersons.

The Indian women’s cricket team was the runner-up in the recent World Cup, losing to England by nine runs. The team’s magnificent performance to reach the final won laurels from all quarters.

Chamundeswarinath has gifted expensive cars to several sportspersons, including star shutter P. V. Sindhu (Rio Olympics silver medallist), Dipa Karmakar (women gymnast who finished fourth in the Rio Olympics) and badminton chief national coach Pullela Gopichand, for their stellar performances in various competitions.

Gopichand also appreciated Mithali Raj for her performance. “It’s really wonderful what the team has done. You (Mithali Raj) made a real motivation for all,” he said.