“I don’t know, maybe I can try it, but right now I haven’t really thought much about going back to dance. It’s been a long time since I switched from dance to cricket.”
Former Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj said goodbye to her 23-year long cricket career last week. He currently has the most runs in international cricket. Mithali had a special conversation with NDTV after her retirement.
Apart from the long career that Mithali gave to cricket, she will also be remembered for her work in motivating women to play cricket. She has also played an important role in connecting Indian women to the mainstream of cricket.
He was asked- Mithali, half your life you have been in camps and were packing your bags, now what are the things that will change in your life?
Mithali: I think my routine has definitely changed. I no longer need to wake up early in the morning and plan my day or plan for a week or plan for the next series. In that sense, yes, life has slowed down a bit and there is time for a lot of other things which I could not do when I started playing cricket.
Q: Do you have any plans to go back to Bharatnatyam?
Mithali: I don’t know, maybe I can try it, but right now I haven’t really thought much about going back to dance. It’s been a long time since I switched from dance to cricket, but when it comes to reading, sketching, these are some of the things I’ve enjoyed over the years, but don’t want to invest in those things. Never got much time. So maybe I will try to take them up as a hobby.
Q: Mithali, at what point did you feel it was the right time to leave a career spanning 23 years? Was it after the defeat in New Zealand?
Mithali: No, when it came to my retirement, I was very clear a few years back that the World Cup would be my last tournament. There were few interviews in which I had already mentioned this.
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