Skipper Mithali Raj Wanted To Become A Dancer

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New Delhi: Captain of the Indian women’s cricket team Mithali Raj who has led India to victory against the New Zealand team in the ongoing ICC World Cup has set a massive record with her latest stint. Having scored a total of 356 runs in the tournament, Mithali has made it to the second spot in the ICC batting chart.

While Mithali has set a name for herself in the ‘Man’s Sport’ and got the Indian woman’s team to the limelight with their incredible performance, there was a time in Mithali’s life where it wasn’t cricket that was her career choice, but dancing. Here’s a closer look at ‘lazy’ Mithali’s inspiring journey from dancing to cricket…

According to Mithali Raj’s father Dorai Raj, Mithali was a very lazy person during her early years. Her schedule mostly included sleeping for several hours after her school timings. In order to make Mithali more active, she was enrolled in bharatnatyam classes alongside cricket coaching classes with her brother. Mithali had to wake up at 4am each day for her practice which she did reluctantly for several years.

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Since becoming a bhartanatyam dancer was her career choice, she rarely showcased much interest in the sport. However, her coach was highly impressed with Mithali’s talent and her ability for straight strokes that he encouraged her father to enroll her in professional training. Within no time, Mithali was selected in the under-17 and under-19 team where she impressed everyone with her tremendous performance.