Post 50-over success, Mithali says India must play more Tests

England's Heather Knight and India's Mithali Raj pose with the trophy

England's Heather Knight and India's Mithali Raj pose with the trophy

With the competition for slots in the team likely to get hotter in the coming days, the players in this bracket have some catching up to do. "It is very important to promote women's Test matches but with the advent of T20 every cricket board wants to promote and market it in their own way". Despite the loss, the thrill of the match was enough to boost our confidence and take the game more seriously. Added to that, Kaur and Raj will be given post of Gazetted Officers in Railways. It has been nearly five or six months since I have been away.

Even after gruelling school hours, the girls seldom feel lethargic to go for cricket practice at the LDA Stadium in Aliganj. He also said that this will inspire the country's youth to take up cricket as well as other sports as a career option.

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"Playing in the Big Bash was a great experience for me and Smriti. I wanted to make the moment memorable and inspirational for them", he added. Praising the railways for their support, Raj said that it was the only institution that supported women cricketers.

It was a much needed shot-in-the-arm for women cricketers, who for long were denied their due and had to ply their trade in obscurity. Because when we play good cricket, there are so many followers who watch women's cricket. "It was a mistake on our part".

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'I really hope this appreciation that all the girls are getting continues because they deserve it, ' says Mirza. "However, women's cricket needs promotion and so far it has been done mainly through T20s and ODIs by the respective cricket boards", said Mithali at a special felicitation ceremony organised by the BCCI.

Terming Mithila an 'incredible ambassador, ' said the 30-year-old.

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"Girls also need professional training and atmosphere to grow as there is no dearth of talent. It is a big achievement to play the final, considering we did not do well in the earlier editions", said Harmanpreet, who is seen as Mithali's successor in ODI cricket.

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