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VIDEO : Mithali Raj Reveals book name she reads book before going into bat

After the Champions Trophy, the 11th edition of Women”s World Cup got underway in the United Kingdom on 24 June.

This World Cup is unique in its way for it is for the first time on Twitter that a captain”s emoji can be unlocked by giving a hashtag of a particular player”s name. In this way, Indian skipper Mithali Raj got her own emoji and she is pretty awestruck about it!

On being asked in an interview about how is she feeling about her emoji, she said was feeling “Wow!” “It”s great to have an emoji on your name and it is good for women”s cricket. It gives quite an importance to women”s cricketers!” she added.

The Indian Women”s skipper resembles MSD in many ways. Just like him, she is super cool. She made news when she was spotted reading a book on the sidelines when she was due to come in at No.3. Poonam Raut and Smriti Mandhana got India off to a great start and it was Raj”s turn to come out at 3.

Talking about reading the book before going out to bat she said,” Since Kindle is not allowed, I had to borrow books from fielding coach and he gave me a book on life essentials. I am into reading a lot and before batting, I am always with Kindle and other books because it calms me down as well as I don”t get those jitters before going to bat.”

The skipper played gutsy innings of 71 off 73 balls with 8 fours thus becoming the first batswoman in history to score 7 consecutive half centuries. No cricketer in present times has done this. The record in men”s cricket is held by Javed Miandad with 9 fifties in a row in 1987.

The skipper had slammed a reporter earlier in a press conference. The reporter asked, “Which is your favorite men cricketer?” Mithali didn”t seem to take this question too amusingly. She lashed out saying, “Do you ask any male cricketer who is his favorite female cricketer?”

Her counter question might seem rude however portrays the importance given to women”s cricket in the country.

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– by Atharva Apte