Awesome twosome

They are my idols for the simple reason that motivating yourself for such a long period at the highest level is no joke — Mithali Raj on her favourites Michael Jordan and Roger Federer.

Long tenure: Well, all I can say with a sense of pride is matching their longevity record, says Mithali Raj.

Generally, I am never hooked with idolising anyone or looking up at a celebrity in any field for I have always tried to focus on my game and nothing else.

Still, I have always been fascinated watching two really great sportspersons — Michael Jordan and Roger Federer.

Well, I have read a lot about the struggles Jordan faced. Coming from a humble background only made things difficult for him at every phase of his career before he achieved stardom. I admire his grit and determination to overcome all odds. In the case of Federer, he is one champion who demonstrated to the world that one need not be a macho figure to be a dominant force in sport and an intimidating opponent.

I have never met the duo and in fact would definitely love to meet them. But again, given my schedule, I am not sure whether that will happen.

These two are my idols for the simple reason that motivating yourself for such a long period at the highest level is no joke. These are champions who always find a reason to keep going. They have a great passion for their sport, no matter how much they have already achieved!

I am glad that I am a contemporary of these wonderfully gifted athletes. They are great role models for sure for anyone. Well, all I can say with a sense of pride is matching their longevity record (Mithali has been playing international cricket for about two decades now) if not their stupendous performances (with a big smile).

As told to V. V. Subrahmanyam