Indian Women's Cricket Team Receives Immense Reception from Crowd at Mumbai

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Prime Minister on Thursday hosted Indian Women's cricket team players.

The board had also declared that the support staff will be given cash reward of Rs.25 lakh each.

Likely (Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Punam Raut, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Shikha Pandey): Another term for the stars of this tournament, who also have age on their side. "Seeing the love and affection that the women's cricket is getting and the reception we are getting is overwhelming".

The minister acknowledged their success had initiated a wind of change in the Indian cricket.

For years, players who take a five-wicket haul or score a century in a Test match at the iconic cricket stadium have had their names written on the famous board in the players' dressing rooms.

"I believe that our women's cricket team has done exceedingly well that any form of appreciation will be less for them".

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"I got new bats for my daughters as it was a big occasion for the country".

Mithali, who has played just 10 Tests in her 18-year long worldwide career also stressed the importance of playing the traditional format, which she termed as "ultimate test" for any cricketer.

BCCI acting president CK Khanna had said, "The team has a good blend of young talent and experienced campaigners in Captain Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami".

However, when the skipper was quizzed about the monetary benefits, she pointed towards the youngsters of the team, "If you were to ask me, I've been playing since 1999, when there were no monetary benefits".

So far as support to women's cricket in Lucknow is concerned, it is quite poor as women cricketers do not have dedicated training facilities even though the UP sports directorate has four stadiums, including two mini-stadiums. Today academies are also lenient as they give admissions to girls and encourage them. But nowadays people are much more aware of the sport, so it is not much of an issue.