The primary girl cricketer to be conferred with the celebrated Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, Mithali Raj on Saturday hoped her achievements would encourage the nation’s younger women to pursue their desires and be the catalysts for change. The 38-year-old stalwart of Indian women’s cricket was one of many 12 sportspersons to obtain the Khel Ratna, the nation’s highest sporting honour, from President Ram Nath Kovind on the Rashtrapati Bhavan. “Women in sport are powerful catalysts of change and when they get the appreciation they deserve, it inspires change in several other women wanting to achieve their dreams,” Raj mentioned in a press release on her Twitter deal with.
Actually honoured and grateful to obtain the Main Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award pic.twitter.com/79HZOV9Uox
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) November 13, 2021
“I sincerely hope that my journey inspires young girls all across the country to pursue their dreams and know that only when you dream can you make it happen.”
She mentioned representing the nation was her dream and receiving the award was a validation of the arduous work she had put in her over two decade lengthy illustrious profession ranging from 1999.
“When I was growing up and learning to play this amazing game, representing my country was my dream. I always wanted to wear the blue jersey, which represents the absolute pride we feel for our nation.
“One strives for mastery however there are such a lot of variables and infinite parameters that when success comes by, it typically is a results of hours of grind each day,” wrote Raj who has played in 12 Tests, 220 ODIs and 89 T20Is.
“This award is a validation of these hours, of all of the sacrifices a participant makes her complete life. I simply wished to offer cricket the whole lot I had and I feel I’m comfortable that I’ve pushed myself tougher and tougher to get to this momentous day.”
The Test captain said that any recognition from the government was special and a reminder that the game was an important constituent of national pride. “We should proceed to offer it our greatest,” said Raj.
“In the present day, I’m honoured, proud and lucky to be part of Indian cricket. This journey has been arduous however not with out the assist of my mentors, household, buddies and seniors who paved the best way for all of us and my teammates,” she wrote.
“I owe a lot to my nation, my establishment Indian Railways, directors, selectors, coaches, trainers, physiotherapists, masseuses, supporters and followers for his or her endurance and encouragement. This accolade isn’t mine alone however I share it with everybody who has had a component to play in my journey.”
Raj also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah.
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