From one champion to another: Sania Mirza hails 'incredible ambassador' Mithali Raj

From one champion to another: Sania Mirza hails 'incredible ambassador' Mithali Raj

Captain Mithali Raj, while speaking to the media said that India should have a Indian Premier League for women so that not only Indian cricketers but even domestic players get exposure. "They always deserved this attention, now because of broadcasting and televising of the game it is more, coming under BCCI has made a difference", Mithali who scored 409 runs in the tournament and became leading run-scorer in women's One-day Internationals, said.

Vijay Goel applauding the girls said, "Our women's cricket team has done exceedingly well and any form of appreciation will be less for them". However, post the World Cup triumph, Gerald Corbett, the club's chairman, told that "Lord's is changing".

However, the journey of the Indian women in the quadrennial event was remarkable. The all-round performance was on display in the semi- final against Australia, who have won the World Cup six times. The response of the reception at chhatrapati shivaji worldwide airport was overwhelming and the girls who arrived had smiles on their face.

Star batswoman Harmanpreet Kaur, who along with Smriti played the Women's Big Bash League previous year, seconded Mithali's call for an Indian Premier League-styled T20 tournament in India.

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The Indian team landed in Mumbai in the wee hours of Wednesday morning after finishing second behind England in the ICC Women's World Cup.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today announced a cash award of Rs 13 lakh for each of the 10 women's cricketers employed with his department for their inspiring show at the World Cup. He had previously grabbed headlines when he gifted BMWs to PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik, Dipa Karmarkar and Pullela Gopichand after the Rio Olympics. We did not allow them to win easily and that, for me, is a big achievement.

A team that was barely recognized in India until a month ago went on to create many records in England. Do you think there should be more Test matches? That is where the challenge of a fan truly lies.

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