Mithali Raj with her father(Dorai Raj) and with her mother(Leela Raj)
Mithali Raj with her father(Dorai Raj) and with her mother(Leela Raj)

Indian women cricketer Mithali Raj trolls his father for not wearing his mask properly while distributing food grains to auto drivers.

Mithali Raj Trolls his Father

Distribution of food grains and a small amount for sustenance being given to auto drivers by the Mithali raj initiative, something I started last year to do my bit in these COVID times. Dad doing the honours in my absence. The only problem is his mask.

Mithali is currently serving two-week strict quarantine in Mumbai ahead of Team India’s departure to England for an all-format tour. Both the Indian men and women team would travel to England on June 2 in a chartered flight.

While the men’s team would spend another 10 days in quarantine in Southampton, the women’s team would most likely stay in Bristol.

“Several people have lost their livelihood because of the pandemic and lockdown. Ours is a small initiative to help the needy,” Mithali’s mother Leela Raj told TOI on Wednesday. “We are providing rice, wheat, dal, oil, other essentials, and some money to buy vegetables,” she added.

“Actually, the purpose of our initiative is different. We launched it last year. But due to the lockdown, we could not go ahead with our project. But with a lot of people suffering now, we decided to take the initiative forward and help them in a small way,” she added.

Auto drivers apart, help to the underprivileged children is also on the cards. “Our plan is to help talented underprivileged children with rural backgrounds achieve their dreams. It’s not just cricket, we want to cover all other sports. Our aim is to provide them with sports kits, help them train in the best of academics so that they can achieve their dreams,” Leela Raj added.

India Women team would start their UK tour with a one-off Test against England in Bristol, starting June 16. After the Test match, India and England would face each other in three-match ODI and as many T20I series.

Mithali would lead the Indian squad in Test as well as in ODIs series and Harmanpreet Kaur was named skipper for the T20Is.

Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the central contract for the senior women’s national players, and Mithali was rewarded with a Grade B contract as she no longer plays in T20Is.

Mithali had announced her retirement from the shortest format of the game in 2019.

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