Indians are crazy about cricket. The blue runs in our blood but unfortunately, we do not have the same craze for women’s cricket.
Mithali Raj, the legendary Indian cricketer believes that the perspective towards women cricket has changed after the last year’s World Cup. Mithali who is playing cricket for the last two decades says, “We need to change the very mindset of our society because that has been the biggest challenge as women athletes we faced in our journey, the perception of people that sports is not meant for women.”
In the World Cup last year, India ended up as a runner-up as they were defeated by hosts England. Speaking at the launch of UN Women’s ‘Mujhe Haq Hai’ anthem she said, “It hasn’t been very easy to take up a sport which was a very male-dominant sport back then in the 90s,” Raj, 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 about people in India has changed towards women’s cricket and things look very good from now on under BCCI.”
One of the biggest challenge women athlete face in India is the non-acceptance of the community that believes sports are not meant for women. Raj agrees that she had the support of her parents at all times. “I am sure, Sania [Mirza] will also agree that 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,” she said.
Women’s cricket in India is yet to gain the recognition that it deserves. While men’s team gets generous applauds, women’s team still struggles for the same.