KCR felicitates Indian Women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj

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Star batswoman Harmanpreet Kaur, who along with Smriti played the Women's Big Bash League past year, seconded Mithali's call for an Indian Premier League-styled T20 tournament in India. Jhulan was a member of the 2005 women's World Cup team who had also finished runners-up losing to Australia by 98 runs.

The Marylebone Cricket Club has approved the decision to introduce honours boards for both men's and women's cricketers at Lord's following England medium-pacer Anya Shrubsole's match-winning six-for at the Women's World Cup final.

Captain Mithali Raj, while speaking to the media said that India should have a Indian Premier League for women so that not only Indian cricketers but even domestic players get exposure.

This was the second World Cup final played by India.

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"I can proudly say that I have led the team well", Mithali said, summing up her own tournament.

The veteran, who made her India debut in 1999, spoke of how coming under the BCCI had seen women's cricket in India take big strides. He complimented the coach for shaping up Ms Mithali Raj as a fine cricketer. Though cricket is a way of life in India, still, women's cricket was an unknown term. We thought you would sure to win in the final as well.

To recognise her achievements V Chamundeswaranath, businessman and former chairman of the Andhra Cricket Association has announced that he will gift her a brand new BMW vehicle once she returns to her hometown Hyderabad, Telangana. Unfortunately, we lost by a slender margin. "I always believed if more matches are televised we can attract more people", said Raj.

The chief minister also announced a cash prize of Rs 1 crore for Raj and said that a house plot of 600 square yards would be given to her in the posh Banjara Hills area of the city.

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