Mithali Raj
Mithali Raj with the World Cup (Credits: Twitter)

The 2021 Women’s World Cup  which was slated to take place between February 6 and March 7 in New Zealand has been postponed to 2022 due to the pandemic situation. It is clear that the decision taken by the global governing council came due to the pandemic situation but there have been various reactions to it.

England captain Heather Knight was unhappy with the call but senior India batter Mithali Raj has supported the stance taken by the governing council. Mithali Raj believes it would have been taxing for the players to play the 2021 World Cup in the month of February after the domestic season gets underway in February. She also said that it is extremely necessary to see at the brighter side and thus the postponement looks absolutely fine.

Mithali Raj
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“One has to look at the bright side. The slot for the World Cup was in February and our domestic season will start only in October-November due to Covid-19. That would have meant we would have had just three months of preparation going into the World Cup. After a long break, the players have to start from scratch and will take some time to get into groove.

“Keeping that in mind, the schedule would have been extremely cramped and taxing for them. With the kind of uncertainty, and to give all teams an equal opportunity to prepare, the postponement looks fine. The players are disappointed as everyone was looking forward to it,” Mithali Raj told Hindustan Times.

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Mithali Raj. Credit: Getty Images

Mithali Raj is in twilight zone of her career. But she has already contributed enough of the national team in her decorated career and which will be taken as an inspiration for the next generation of cricketers. Mithali Raj is the most capped women’s player in ODIs and still has a bit of service left to do for the national team.

Raj, with 6888 runs to her name, is also the highest run scorer in Women’s ODI. She has scored these runs in her long and successful career spanning from 1999 at an average of 50.64. She has the high score of an unbeaten 125 with seven centuries and 53 half-centuries to her name.