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England's Heather Knight and India's Mithali Raj pose with the trophy

England's Heather Knight and India's Mithali Raj pose with the trophy

Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Thursday felicitated the Indian women's cricket team saying that the team won the hearts of the entire country.

Mithali said, "T20 and ODI are still the ideal formats to market but it is only Test cricket that can give you quality players".

'It's overwhelming to see such kind of reception, it's first of kind for all of us, I faced kind of similar one in 2005, then we were not under BCCI, ' said Mithali, who guided India to the finals of the ICC Women's World Cup. "I was asking Diana Eduljee (former India Captain) about the time she started playing, she told me that she started in 1971". With a biopic, people will start knowing her. Raj was also chosen as the captain of the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 team by the International Cricket Council.

Prabhu spoke at an event to felicitate the players at the Rail Bhavan which was also attended by Railway Board Chairman A.K. Mital.

Asked if there should be a tournament like the Indian Premier League for women in India, Mithali said this was something for the Board of Control for Cricket in India to deal with.

'I was wondering had we been under BCCI what kind of reaction we would get, girls would have enjoyed being received like that, it is just a beginning of good time for Women's Cricket, ' she added.

Unlike the men's team whose bilateral tour diary is choc- a-bloc till December 2018, the same does not apply for the women's team despite being under the aegis of BCCI since 2006. Praising the railways for their support, Raj said that it was the only institution that supported women cricketers.

"Recently, they (railways) have come up with a scheme of excellence where we get 330 days off to work on our game and that has really helped us to improve our individual games and given us more opportunities to work as a team", the cricketer said.

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