Suresh Prabhu praises Indian women's team: People will soon ask, do men play cricket?
Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, who feels like a proud father whose girls have done well, believes that women will overtake their male counterparts very soon in the popularity index of the game
World Cup stars Harmanpreet Kaur (left) and Mithali Raj during a felicitation function in New Delhi yesterday. Pics/PTI
With two-third of India's women cricket team comprising employees of Indian Railways, Union Minister Suresh Prabhu feels like a "proud father whose girls have done well." As many as 10 cricketers including skipper Mithali Raj and vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur are employees of Indian Railways.
Speaking at a felicitation function of the Mithali-led squad for its runners-up finish at the World Cup, Prabhu said he is confident that some years down the line people will ask "do men also play cricket?".
"Cricket was earlier identified with only men. But now times are changing so fast that after may be 20-30 years, somebody may think 'ok men also play cricket'," Prabhu's dry sense of humour was well-appreciated by all present. "This has provided real happiness throughout the country. You didn't win the Cup but you did win hearts," the minister said.
Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel with the Indian women's cricket team at his residence in New Delhi yesterday
Prabhu tried to put into perspective, what the success meant for women of India. "This is a definite sign of changing times not just for women's cricket but it also gives a new sense of confidence to all women in India. Actually, we are used to celebrating achievements by the men but our women have shown they can be as good as the men," said Prabhu.
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