MUMBAI: Indian women’s cricket captain Mithali Raj has found a place on the BBC’s 100 most inspirational women list of 2017.
The women featuring in their list are “taken from across all spheres of modern life — from engineering to the creative industries, from sport to business — they represent the global wealth of female talent."
“The Indian women named are part of the list of 60 women from around the world who are working or campaigning in these fields or who have inspired others through their actions,” the release added.
34-year-old Raj, who has contributed 18 years to women’s cricket and helped India reach the World Cup finals twice - in 2005 and 2017 - has played 186 ODIs for India where she has scored 6190 runs at an average of 51.58. She is India’s only batter to average more than 50 in Tests and ODIs. Earlier this week, Viacom announced its plans to make a biopic on Raj and her journey to the top.
BBC 100 Women list was started in 2013, which focuses on 100 most influential women in various fields. The list has been inspired by the BBC 100 Women Challenge which aims to celebrate the female talent across the globe. Other sportspeople in the list include Brazilian rower Fernanda Nunes, legendary Hungarian gymast Nadia Comaneci, and 29-year-old footballer Steph Houghton, who is the captain of Manchester City FC and the England Women’s football team.
The current BBC list includes 60 women from across the globe who are spreading their voices and are associated with various campaigns regarding global issues, inspiring other women.