When Mithali Raj broke into the Indian team two decades ago, opportunities to play were limited. With the team playing very few tournaments, players had to wait for long to showcase their talents.

But things have changed over the years.

Mithali, who is the captain of India’s ODI side, believes that tournaments like the Women’s T20 Challenge have helped in unearthing new talents in recent years.

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“It’s good to see youngsters coming in. The best example is Shafali [Verma] – who used the Women’s T20 Challenge platform last year. She was the find of the tournament (in 2019), playing for Velocity. There are also a couple of more players, who are young and talented, they just need some platform to showcase their talents and exposure so that when they represent India A or the national team, they have the experience helping them…

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