The captain of India's women's cricket team, Mithali Raj, just redefined cool.
If her scintillating knock of 71 that helped her team post a strong total of 281/3 in 50 overs against hosts England in ICC World Cup 2017 wasn't enough, this particular picture of Mithali reading a book, while waiting for her turn to bat has left many amused.
This particular image from the field has kept Twitter buzzing.
While the Indian team was thrashing England, Mithali sat on the sidelines, with a book in her hand.
Just to prove her boss status, after kicking back on a chair & reading a book on the boundary, Mithali Raj comes in to bat in a FLOPPY HAT.— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) June 24, 2017
Read a book by boundary before batting— Shirin Sadikot (@ShirinSadikot) June 24, 2017
Swag to pitch to face pacers in floppy hat
Score record 7th straight ODI 50#MithaliRaj is a rockstar
Mandhana driving like Sanga while Mithali Raj chills out on the side in her pads reading a book. Give them the trophy. Now. #WWC17— Vithushan (@Vitu_E) June 24, 2017
Someone on Twitter pointed out that she was reading 'Essential Rumi'. Maybe it was, but Mithali just proved how to stay calm during a match. Other cricketers, please take note?
When her turn came to bat, she walked to the pitch and stroked a 71 off 73 to help India post a competitive 281 batting first. Mithali broke a couple of records as she notched up her 47th half-century of her ODI career. This is the most number of ODI half-centuries (47) by any woman cricketer.
While many on Twitter were trying to figure out how the captain stayed so calm, Mithali has the perfect response:
Well it was a perfect weather for a relaxing read. 😜😁 https://t.co/7IcOTOViob— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) June 24, 2017
The cricket captain has been giving a lot of coolness goals. Last week, when she was asked who her favourite male cricket star is, on the eve of the Women's World Cup at a media roundtable event, she said, "Do you ask the same question to a male cricketer? Do you ask them who their favourite female cricketer is?"
Queen of cool, indeed.
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