Beginning of good times for women's cricket in India: Mithali

Diana Edulji

"Recently, they (railways) have come up with a scheme of excellence where we get 330 days off to work on our game and that has really helped us to improve our individual games and given us more opportunities to work as a team", the cricketer said.

Nearly all players of the Indian women cricket team we interviewed during the exclusive Femina photo shoot after their return from London after the World Cup had the usual "cricket is not a girl's game" and "how will you be able to play cricket" statements passed at them. "But yet your team performed well and the whole nation watched your performance".

The players were felicitated by Fadnavis at Vidhan Bhawan.

Lord's, which gave admittance to women as members only after 1999, hosted a sell-out crowd on Sunday as India's dramatic collapse handed England their fourth World Cup title.

- Harmanpreet Kaur, vice-captain, Indian women's cricket team. "It's huge now, and I'm sure the girls would have enjoyed it", Mithali said. "We couldn't reach Super Six (stage) at home in 2013 (World Cup) so we wanted to do well this time".

"Mithali has been a great influence on Indian cricket".

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India, however, since taking over women's cricket in 2006, has largely been reluctant to entertain any thoughts of mooting such a league and remains tight-lipped about a possibility in the near future.

This was, according to Mithali, her fifth and probably final World Cup.

That left them with a must-win league match with New Zealand which they won and then got the better of Australia in the semi-finals.

Responding to questions asked by the players on handling pressure, the Prime Minister said that Yoga helps achieve a good balance between mind, body and action.

"I hope the BCCI also considers such a tournament here where we can share the dressing room with the foreign players and learn a lot", she added.

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