After a year or so, Sampath told that Mithali will not only go on to play for India but also break many records. Accio it is. Often dubbed as the "Sachin Tendulkar of women's cricket" Raj shares one of the Little Master's traits- longevity. But then, that's the golden rule of women's cricket.
It should have been Mithali Raj's day. She stared a hole in him before putting him down. "I have always been asked who's your favourite cricketer but you should ask them who their favourite female cricketer is".
"If you want to win, you really have to have the players who are able to make those comebacks because every other team is trying to do the same thing and play good cricket".
Mithali Raj on Wednesday became the highest run scorer of all time in Women's Cricket.
They continue to be the form bowling unit of the World Cup. No one has more ODI fifties than her.
But that brought Raj to the crease, and she and Raut put on 157 runs for the second wicket before the subcontinent side fell away late on. And that's how her journey in cricket started. "Congratulations to her and I'm sure she's still got a fair few runs left in her in this World Cup as well".
While Lanning wasn't fazed by the lost opportunity, the 25-year-old will likely break just about every other run-scoring record in the book if she continues scoring at the rate she has since making her worldwide debuting in 2010. But her parents never bothered about these comments and supported her decision. "Her coach Sampath Kumar is the reason she is where she is now". It was there that Jyoti Prasad spotted her talent and told her dad to concentrate on her instead of her brother as she showed more promise. Being the captain of the team, she should have pressed on the accelerator much earlier. And there was no looking back after that.
Despite messages like these, Mithali's message to her players was stern: that if the team continued to play the way it did against South Africa (lost by 115 runs) and Australia (lost by 8 wickets), India can not make it to the semifinals.
"I think the pressure is on everyone at this stage".
Australia are at the second spot in the points table right now and the focus, Lanning says, is on the last match against South Africa.
Sri Lanka and Pakistan will face off in Leicester, the victor to earn their first win of the World Cup and relegate the other to a winless tournament. To add to his record breaking god-like status, he would score 51 centuries and 68 half centuries.