The Anonymous Life of a Woman Sports Star


The Anonymous Life of a Woman Sports Star

Illustration: Sushant Ahire


nce again, an Indian player holds the top ranking while setting pioneering records in cricket. Proving that cricket isn’t just a “ball” game, Mithali Raj, Indian women’s team skipper and veteran batswoman, became the first player to cross the 6,000-run mark in ODI matches. Mithali Raj was in fine form; the media and Twitter showered her with adulation worthy of Caesar’s triumphs. Some likened her to a superhero, and others wrote lengthy paeans to her skill and brilliance. For a minute, everything seemed perfect, and it appeared as if it was finally time for the Indian women’s team to get their long overdue share of the spotlight.

And then, Virat Kohli joined the conversation.