Captain Mithali Raj became a household name after she led the Indian women’s cricket team to the finals of the ICC Women’s World Cup held in England and Wales earlier last year. Entered as the 7th rank team in the tournament, Mithali Raj & Co stunned all to make it to the finals after beating Australia in the semi-finals. Indian eves, however, lost the battle in the finals against England.
Mithali Raj and her teammates received an astounding welcome upon their arrival in India even though they missed out on the trophy.
Recently, Mithali Raj appeared on a television show TED Talks India: Nayi Soch, hosted by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan. On the show, Mithali opened up on why she read books during a match and revealed other secrets behind her success.
During the chat with Shah Rukh, Mithali said that she reads books to get rid of match pressure.
“When you are on the field, and everyone is looking up to you and the entire team to bring back the trophy, (then) it is not just about the game. So, it is necessary for us to stay focused… and we all have our own ways to ensure we give our best on the field.”
“I read books to get rid of pressure during a match. It does help me to keep calm and encourage a good performance.”
On the show, Shah Rukh, while praising Mithali for her recent performances said: “I want to see you as the coach of the men’s cricket team one day.” To this, Mithali replied: “I always want to give my best.”
Mithali is the highest run-getter of all time in the ODI format and is the only batswoman to cross the 1000-run mark in World Cup games.
The episode of TED Talks: India Nayi Soch featuring Mithali will be shown on January 7 on Star Plus.