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In Sachin's company, Mithali will be a role model to other young women cricketers, says her brother
MUMBAI, July 14: Family of Indian women's team captain Mithali Raj could not resist the temptation of watching India's important World Cup match against Australia on Wednesday. Before becoming a victim of Kristen Beams, Mithali surpassed the World record of highest run aggregates in women's ODIs' and reporters gathered in large number at her home in Hyderabad.

"It has been a very great and proud moment for all of us", her brother, Mithun, who was the only one not at home but in Visakhapatnam for his office work, said over telephone.

"It was expected that she would score runs and become the world record holder in this mega event. Her consistency of scoring runs is remarkable".

Mithali joins in the company of Sachin Tendulkar who has the highest runs in men's cricket.

"As a brother it is a very great feeling for my sister being in company of the greatest player. But again comparison between the two can not be done here. Sachin has created so many other world records and set milestones. At the end of the day both are different individuals".

"But yes, my sister can be a role model to other young women cricketers of the country".

On Saturday, Mithali was out for a golden duck against South Africa. "I did not watch that game but read it that this was her first golden duck in her ODI career. But that is always a first time and can happen with any cricketer of the world and we don't regret it for it", the elder brother (by four years), added.

The family will not force her to decide on her retirement. "She is 35 but still scoring runs and we don't know whether she has any plan to retire in near future. But it will be totally her decision and will respect whenever she decides to hang her boots".

Mithali has a habit of reading books at the ground. "She likes to read books and auto biographies when not on field or batting. It reduces the stress level. Even she keeps reading books during her leisure time at home".

Like the cricket retirement decision, the family will also not force her to marry. "There has been no immediate plan for her marriage but again, that will be her personal decision (when to marry and whom to marry). We shall respect her intentions", the brother signed off.

News Updated at : Friday, July 14, 2017
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