Cricketer Mithali Raj believes 2017 World Cup changed India's perspective on women in sport

Cricket Mithali Raj has stated that the 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup changed India's opinion on women in cricket and sports in general, adding that it's easier to take up cricket for a women now than it was in the 1990s.

Press Trust of India, Jun 27, 2018 21:34:04 IST

Mumbai: Legendary cricketer Mithali Raj, who has been playing for two decades, believes that things for women's cricket changed after last year's World Cup.

Cricketer Mithali Raj believes 2017 World Cup changed Indias perspective on women in sport

File image of Indian women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj. AFP

India ended as a runner up in the Women's World Cup after being defeated by hosts England in the final. "It hasn't been very easy to take up a sport which was a very male-dominant sport back then in the 90s," Mithali, who made her ODI debut in 1999, said at an event in Mumbai.

"I am sure after the World Cup things have changed for women's cricket and perception of people in India has changed towards women's cricket. Things look very good now under the BCCI," she said at the launch of UN Women's 'Mujhe Haq Hai' anthem.

Mithali also said her parents stood by her every time. "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.

She added that as an athlete the biggest challenge she faced was perception of people that sport is not meant for women. "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," Mithali said.

Updated Date: Jun 27, 2018 21:34:04 IST

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 4366 104
5 Australia 3270 99
6 Sri Lanka 3795 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 5019 98
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7748 277
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4720 262
4 India 8620 261
5 Australia 5471 261
6 New Zealand 4784 252