Mithali Raj shuts down troll: Tamil is my mother tongue but above all I am an Indian
Mithali Raj tweet in Tamil to shut down troll (Reuters Photo)
- Mithali Raj hit back a troll who questioned her language preference
- Raj responded to the troll in Tamil on Twitter
- Raj recently led India to a 3-0 ODI series win over South Africa
Batting great and India women's ODI team captain Mithali Raj responded to a troll who had criticised her over her language preference on social media after the recently-concluded ODI series against South Africa.
The Twitter user in question alleged that Mithali Raj doesn't know 'Tamil' but prefers Hindi, English and Telugu over her mother tongue.
Mithali Raj hit back at the Twitter user with a classy tweet in which she said she is fluent in her mother tongue 'Tamil' and that constant criticism on social media doesn't discourage her but only serves as motivation.
"Tamil is my mother tongue. I speak Tamil well and I am proud to be living as a Tamilian. but above it all, I am very proud Indian ! Also my dear sugu ,you constant criticism on each and every post of mine ,you day to day advice on how and what I should do is exactly what keeps me going."
Mithali Raj also replied with famous Taylor Swift number "You Need to Calm Down" while asking the Twitter troll to calm down.
Also, I would like to dedicate @vasugi29 a very famous song by a strong independent woman I admire a lot . Enjoy :) https://t.co/o34CtfCZCBMithali Raj (@M_Raj03) October 15, 2019
Mithali Raj led India to a 3-0 series whitewash against South Africa in the ODI series earlier this month. Raj won her 100th ODI as captain after India clinched a thriller against South Africa in the 3rd ODI in Vadodara.
Mithali Raj also became only the 4th cricketer and the 1st in women's cricket to complete 20 years in international cricket.
Mithali Raj, who retired from T20I cricket earlier this year, has completed more than 20 years in the highest form of cricket. Notably, Mithali had played her 1st-ever ODI for India in June, 1999 against Ireland.
Sachin Tendulkar (22 years and 91 days), Sanath Jayasuriya (21 years and 184 days) and Javed Miandad (20 years and 272 days) have had longer careers (in terms of number of years played) in international cricket.
Mithali Raj already holds the record for the most number of ODIs played by a female cricketer (204), 23 more than 2nd-placed England's Charlotte Edwards (191). India's senior pacer Jhulan Goswami is 3rd on the list with 178 matches.