My kind of captain: Twitter goes crazy over Mithali Raj as Indian skipper reads a book before going in to bat – Now that’s a Captain Cool!
Indian captain Mithali Raj reads her book as she awaits her turn to bat on Saturday
The Indian women’s cricket team kicked off their ICC World Cup 2017 campaign on Saturday with a clash against hosts England. While fans are curious to see how the Indian eves fare on the field, there was one particular sight that caught the attention of many.
As the Indian openers were plundering the English bowling attack, skipper Mithali Raj – who was to come in to bat at No.3 – was seen sitting on the sidelines and reading a book as she awaited her turn to bat.
Twitter was mighty impressed with the boss-like attitude of the veteran.
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 24, 2017
— ICC (@ICC) June 24, 2017
— Divyaa Tamaskar 🇮🇳❤️ (@imDi23) June 24, 2017
My kind of captain. https://t.co/KyCkyaPoar
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@SachinAzharCT) (@ovshake42) June 24, 2017
Mandhana driving like Sanga while Mithali Raj chills out on the side in her pads reading a book. Give them the trophy. Now. #WWC17
— Vithushan Ehantharajah (@Vitu_E) June 24, 2017
Captain cool Mithali Raj reading a book as she awaits her turn to bat pic.twitter.com/Ap1OrkfEm0
— Ramakanth Josyula (@Ramakanthwrites) June 24, 2017
Just to prove her boss status, after kicking back on a chair & reading a book on the boundary, Mithali Raj comes in to bat in a FLOPPY HAT.
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) June 24, 2017
I've always had a crush on Mithali Raj. And that sight of her sitting on the sidelines and being immersed in a book just intensified it now.
— Thejaswi Udupa (@udupendra) June 24, 2017
Read a book by boundary before batting
Swag to pitch to face pacers in floppy hat
Score record 7th straight ODI 50#MithaliRaj is a rockstar
— Shirin Sadikot (@ShirinSadikot) June 24, 2017
For the record, Mithali came in to bat and stroked a classy 71 off 73 to help India post a competitive 281 batting first.
Earlier in the week, Mithali was in the news for asserting that female cricketers should not be compared to their male counterparts. On the eve of the Women’s World Cup, Mithali, who was attending the opening dinner and media roundtable event, was asked who her favourite men’s cricketer was between India and Pakistan to which she replied, “Do you ask the same question to a male cricketer? Do you ask them who their favourite female cricketer is? I have always been asked who’s your favourite cricketer but you should ask them who their favourite female cricketer is,’ ESPNcricinfo quoted her as saying.
The skipper also pointed out that the Indian women do not receive the same amount of publicity as compared to their male counterparts in a cricket-crazy nation like India. “There’s a lot of difference because we are not a regular on television. Now the BCCI has made an effort that the last two home series have been televised and social media has improved a lot of it but there is a still a lot of catch-up to do in terms of recognition,” she said.
(Inputs from ANI)