Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal
“Women cricketers have brought laurels to the country by performing brilliantly in international competitions.” These words were spoken by the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan while felicitating the women cricketers of the country in the Friends of MP Summit in Indore.
On this occasion, State’s Industry Minister Mr. Rajendra Shukla, Mayor Mrs. Malini Gaud, MLA MS. Usha Thakur, BCCI Vice President Mr. Sanjay Jagdale, Chief Minister’s wife Mrs. Sadhna Singh, Sports and Youth Welfare Director Mr. Upendra Jain, Public Relations Chief Secretary Mr. S.K. Mishra, Public Relations Commissioner Mr. P. Narhari were present.
Addressing the summit, Mr. Chouhan said that Women’s Cricket Team players have won the hearts of 130 crore people of India with their brilliant performance in the game of cricket and whole country is proud of them. He also said that he had watched the final match on 23rd July 2017 in which Indian Team had lost just by 9 runs.
Chief Minister added that he hopes Indian Women’s Cricket Team will perform at its best in future to become world champion. He encouraged them by saying the proverb where there’s a will, there’s a way.
He reminded Swami Vivekanad’s words that every person has a part of God in him, there is no work on earth that person can’t do. On this occasion, he also informed about the reservation for women in government jobs. He also said that games are all right in politics but politics in games is not.
It is noteworthy that Indian Women’s Cricket Team defeated Australia, the strongest team in the world, with 36 runs to enter in the final of World Cup 2017. To appreciate their excellent performance, Chief Minister announced the award of Rs. 50 lakhs to the Women’s Cricket team. To receive this award, team players were in Indore today. Team’s every member received 3 lakh 33 thousand as an honour.
On this occasion, Mr. Milind Kalmadikar, Mr. Mahendra Sethia, Mr. M.K. Bhagrava all from Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, Executive Officer Mr. Rohit Pandit, Indore Division Cricket Association Secretary Mr. Amitabh Vijayvargiya and Handball Association State Secretary Mr. Preetpal Singh were also present.
Indian Women’s Cricket Team Captain Mitali Raj, Mona Meshram, Poonam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Jhoolan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Ekta Bisht, Sushma Verma, Rajeshwari Gaekwad, Poonam Yadav, Nuzrat Parveen and Smriti Mandhana were felicitated with Shawl and Shreefal.
Awards were also presented for team members Harmanpreet Kaur, Vedakrishna Moorti and Mansi Joshi, who were absent on this occasion.