Mithali and co present PM Modi with signed bat

Indian player Harmanpreet Kaur being welcomed on her arrival in Mumbai

And so did I. You are a wonderful talent. Tabling a resolution in the Assembly to congratulate the women's cricket team, Fadnavis said India's prestige has gone up due to the "scintillating" performance of these players.

Prabhu also announced out of turn promotions for all members of the team and elevation for captain Mithali Raj and batswoman Harmanpreet Kaur to gazetted officer rank.

The Indian team finished as runner-ups in the event after losing narrowly by nine runs against hosts England in the final last Sunday and the skipper said her team deserves every bit of accolades.

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Indian skipper Mithali Raj won millions of hearts with her team's performance at the ICC World Cup. So I am sure that if India has something like that, it will only help; even the domestic players would gain exposure to a good environment and have a chance to interact with worldwide cricketers.

"I was asking Diana Eduljee (former India Captain) about the time she started playing, she told me that she started in 1971".

"As a player grows and gains experience at the worldwide level, each one of them becomes a leader in their own respect", MIthali said.

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"Mithali has been a great influence on Indian cricket".

He also said that the Ministry's doors are open 24x7 for players and best facilities will be provided to them so that they excel in their respective disciplines in order to make India a sports power hub. We thought you would surely win in the final too.

Yet, a composed Mithali sported a smile when she finally boarded the auto safely.

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The chief minister also announced a cash prize of Rs 1 crore for Raj and said that a house plot of 600 square yards would be given to her in the posh Banjara Hills area of the city. "I am proud that we lost after giving a fight", she added.


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