Mithali Raj to get BMW from Chamundeswaranath

HYDERABAD: V Chamundeswaranath, famous for gifting cars to a number of sports persons after they won laurels for the country, has added Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj to his list.

Chamundeswaranath, a former chief selector of the junior Indian cricket team and now the vice-president of the Hyderabad District Badminton Association will present the Beemer to the cricketer when she returns here (the team landed in Mumbai early Wednesday), Times of India reports.

“Mithali has been a great influence on Indian cricket. The way she has led the side is remarkable. For a number of years, she has been the leading light of the Indian women’s cricket,” Chamundeswaranath told TOI.

“Our girls are performing quite well. We need to encourage women’s cricket in a big way. I think with their brilliant show in England they have brought a lot of attention to the women’s game. More girls will be inspired to take up cricket now,” Chamundeswaranath said.

This is not the first time Chamundeswaranath is presenting a car to Mithali. Back in 2007, he had gifted a Chevrolet to her and now for her performance with India (the team she led finished runners-up to England at the just concluded ICC Women's World Cup), he has decided to go several notches up in his choice of model to gift the ace cricketer.

The list of sports persons who have received cars from Chamundeswaranath is a long one. After winning medals at the Rio Olympics last year, badminton star PV Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Mallik also got BMWs. Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar presented the cars to Sindhu, Sakshi, Dipa Karmarkar and coach Pullela Gopichand at a function here.

In the past, badminton players Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap have also been gifted cars.