For all cricket fans, there is much to cheer this season. While the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 just concluded, the ICC Women’s World Cup began from June 24, and the Indian women’s team has already put up an impressive show. In their opening match against England, the Indian team, led by Mithali Raj registered a convincing victory, while the captain scored 71 runs, her seventh consecutive half-century in ODI. But before making some records, she was seen sitting on the sidelines and calmly reading a book.
And she was doing all this when she was the next in line to come to bat.
Yes, indeed. Her calm and composure, captured in the camera has won the hearts of the people. It was just recently when she was applauded for shutting down a sexist question, and now with this she seems to be a favourite of social media.
This is the footage of the ‘captain cool’ reading a book that the Internet cannot get enough of.
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 24, 2017
And ICC sums it up in the best way possible.
— ICC (@ICC) June 24, 2017
— Divya Tamaskar (@BadtameezChokri) June 24, 2017
We are not surprised with this ‘confession’.
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
— Vaibhav Chugh (@vaibhavchugh) June 25, 2017
— Doctor Whom (@IABurney) June 25, 2017
— Krishnan (@cvkrishnan) June 25, 2017
The comparisons with MS Dhoni were inevitable.
— Yash Desai (@fearlessNerd) 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
— Shiva (@shiva_AM11) June 24, 2017
While social media could not get enough of this, Raj took to Twitter and explained why she was reading a book. And the reply will make you admire her even more.
Well it was a perfect weather for a relaxing read. 😜😁 https://t.co/7IcOTOViob
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) June 24, 2017
The Indian women cricket team are looking extremely focused and determined. The captain was ably supported by other players. Batting first, India put up a splendid show with Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut and Raj scoring half-centuries each. This helped India to reach a total of 281 for the loss of three wickets. While England were bowled out for 246 in the chase.
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