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, June 27, 2018

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.

File image of India's captain Mithali Raj. AFP

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

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4016 115
2 South Africa 3712 106
3 Australia 3499 106
4 England 4722 105
5 New Zealand 2354 102
6 Sri Lanka 3668 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6470 127
2 India 6113 122
3 New Zealand 4602 112
4 South Africa 4275 110
5 Pakistan 4032 103
6 Australia 3699 100
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3972 132
2 India 4601 124
3 Australia 2570 122
4 England 2448 117
5 New Zealand 2542 116
6 South Africa 2093 110