Q] How do you feel about your association with the Reliance-owned Mumbai Indians for the first edition of WPL?
I am really looking forward to being a part of Mumbai Indians. I’ve got this opportunity to captain the team, so I intend to give my 100 percent. I am hoping the women’s team will also do well like the men’s team, building on the legacy. We want to keep the winning momentum going, and play aggressive cricket. We have already got such a warm response from MI fans, and I am hoping to see them at the stadium.
Q] While there is a rise in popularity for women’s sports, brands still engage more with men’s cricket and male cricketers in terms of sponsorship and brand endorsement. How do you see that changing now?
Nowadays we have seen many brands reaching out to us, and the scenario is changing at a fast pace. It’s not that they’re only going for men’s cricket, they want sportswomen as brand ambassadors too. I think it’s good to see that people are changing their TG, and they want women cricketers on billboards. It’s good to see those changes happening, and hopefully there are many more to come. We have been working hard for so many years, we deserve the same kind of respect as men.
Q] Who according to you will form the viewer base of WPL, men or women?
WPL as a platform is huge, so we will get a lot of support from each and every one, irrespective of gender. We would love to see women watching the game.