Mithali Raj has had enough, hits back at a troll for criticising her fluency in Tamil
India women's ODI skipper became the first woman to complete 20 years in international cricket.
20 years in international cricket and counting Congratulations to Captain @M_Raj03 The team cut a cake for he… https://t.co/4NkbchbGd9— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 1571021934000
A brilliant performance by the @BCCIWomen to win the ODI series against South Africa Women 3-0. A special mention t… https://t.co/xbRuN1V1xn— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 1571064693000
Congratulations @M_Raj03 for leading the Indian women's cricket team to 100 victories and for completing 20 gloriou… https://t.co/J7X5bRG5GA— Sadhguru (@SadhguruJV) 1571161093000
You always hit the ball out of the park!! Congratulations @M_Raj03 on completing 20 years in international cricket… https://t.co/KAfl7NWch1— Diana Penty (@DianaPenty) 1570732735000
This is incredible! Congratulations @M_Raj03 https://t.co/JqYOvYEvfO— Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) 1571049094000
In the flood of congratulatory wishes, one of the Twitter users criticised the 36-year-old cricketer, who originally hails from Tamil Nadu, for not being fluent in her mother tongue 'Tamil'.
The Twitter troll said that the skipper often speaks in English, Hindi and Telugu, but does not use 'Tamil' to converse with people.
@Kamal70811772 @M_Raj03 She doesn't know Tamil. She will speak in eng, Telugu, Hindi.— sugu (@vasugi29) 1571118302000
Raj, who became the first-ever woman cricketer to complete 20 years in international cricket, hit back at the troll. In Tamil language, she replied on Twitter, "Tamil is my mother tongue. I speak Tamil well, I am proud to live in Tamil Nadu." She further added that she is a proud Indian, and the troll's constant criticism keeps her going.
In the next tweet, she also dedicated a song 'You Need To Calm Down' by a 'strong, independent woman' Taylor Swift. She further said that she admires the singer a lot.
Also, I would like to dedicate @vasugi29 a very famous song by a strong independent woman I admire a lot . Enjoy :) https://t.co/o34CtfCZCB— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) 1571158238000
The women's Team India captain expressed her gratitude, and thanked everyone for their love and support.
Over the last week, I have received a lot of wishes, most to congratulate me on my team’s excellent performance , b… https://t.co/SkL6MjfsCH— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) 1571204065000
On Tuesday, Raj recorded her 100th international win as the skipper of the side. India whitewashed South Africa 3-0 in the three-match ODI series.
Before the commencement of the ODI series, Raj had decided to call time on her T20I career.
"This decision was taken in January itself during the New Zealand tour. I had told the coach WV Raman and chairman of selectors about my decision. The captain also knew about that. All the people who were needed to be told about my decision were informed. 2021 World Cup would definitely be my swansong. I am looking forward to preparing for the World Cup," Raj had told about her retirement decision.
"I did not see myself playing the T20 World Cup next year in Australia. I thought I should make the coach aware of my plans so that he can think of an alternative for the team and starts preparing the side likewise. I wanted to give him that time where he can try various players to get experience into the side," she had added.