Raj picks Kaur, Mandhana, Sharma as her successors

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"For a number of years, she has been the leading light of the Indian women's cricket", he said in a report by The Times of India. "But yet your team performed well and the whole nation watched your performance", the release quoted him as saying.

The players were felicitated by Fadnavis at Vidhan Bhawan.

Mithali Raj and Co's dream World Cup run was halted by England with a shocking nine-run loss in the final. "But the way team has done, I can proudly say that I have led the team well".

"We now have a base, it will help even the domestic players in terms of exposure, but again it is up to the BCCI to organize the league". Though cricket is a way of life in India, still, women's cricket was an unknown term.

"I was asking Diana Eduljee (former India Captain) about the time she started playing, she told me that she started in 1971".


Earlier, utter chaos prevailed as Mithali arrived at the Hyderabad Airport from Delhi as there were no proper arrangements to receive the champion cricketer.

According to a source close to Mithali, "A player can not be running around to get what was promised to her. No one expected us to reach the final and on that day, we restricted the home side to a decent total and then built a good partnership during the chase, which I take as a positive".

Prabhu said it was a matter of great pride for the railway family that from Diana to Mithali, "all of them have played for the Railways".

Besides announcing a cash prize of Rs 25 lakhs to Coach Murthy, the CM also announced Rs one crore cash prize for Ms Mithali Raj and said 600 sq yds house plot will be given to her in Banjara Hills.

"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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