Mithali Raj, riding her ICC Women’s World Cup heroics, has moved into a rare club of Hyderabad’s iconic sportspersons. The Indian women’s team captain will become the third female sports icon from the City of Nizam to be presented with a BMW car for her sporting achievements.
Badminton icons Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu are the earlier two.
The city businessman V Chamundeswaranath has announced to present Mithali with a BMW car when she returns to her home town. V Chamundeswaranath, a former chief selector of the junior Indian cricket team and now the vice-president of the Hyderabad District Badminton Association will present the car to the cricketer, Times of India has reported.
“Mithali has been a great influence on Indian cricket. The way she has led the side is remarkable. For a number of years, she has been the leading light of the Indian women’s cricket,” Chamundeswaranath is quoted as saying. “Our girls are performing quite well. We need to encourage women’s cricket in a big way. I think with their brilliant show in England they have brought a lot of attention to the women’s game. More girls will be inspired to take up cricket now.”
Chamundeswaranath himself has been a first class cricketer. He has also led the Andhra team in Ranji Trophy.
This will be Mithali’s second automobile gift from Chamundeswaranath. In 2007, he had gifted her a Chevrolet car.
The list of sports persons who have received cars from Chamundeswaranath is a long one. After winning medals at the Rio Olympics last year, badminton star PV India’s pride at the Rio Olympics, Sindhu, wrestler Sakshi Mallik and gymnast Dipa Karmakar were also presented BMW cars b him. Sachin Tendulkar had given the car keys to Sindhu, Sakshi, Dipa and coach Pullela Gopichand at a function held in Hyderabad.