Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj loves to dance down the track and play her shots. We did not know the real secret behind those moves at the crease. In a recent interview given to The Hindu, she revealed that cricket aside, she was also an avid dancer.
Mithali had to choose between cricket and classical dance at one stage of her life and we all know what decision she took. She said that she has no regret whatsoever with that decision. She said, “Two things fascinated me early in my career: classical dance and cricket. It was a difficult choice to make but I preferred cricket and I honestly have no regrets now.”
Raj also spoke on her early struggles in life and why the hard work in the early days made her a better cricketer. She said, “I think of the days when I started off my career — or rather was pushed into the sport as my mother wanted me to get up early for some fitness training—the days I travelled 12 km on my dad’s scooter to train at nets under the tutelage of the late Sampath Sir. But what’s imperative to remember is that the journey is dotted with struggle and despair, often leaving us wondering whether the sacrifices were worth it.”
The 34-year-old is very happy with what the team has achieved in the recently-concluded women’s Cricket World Cup and hopes that the revolution in women’s cricket will long last. She said, “The future looks great. But it is important to complement the euphoria surrounding this show with concrete measures. Let us start thinking small first. Start inter-school tournaments for girls across States, ensure that a big pool of young talent is groomed.”