Ace Indian cricketer Mithali Raj shut down a troll who targeted her for her language preferences.
Mithali, who recently completed 20 years in international cricket during the recent ODI series against South Africa, was criticised by a fan who believed the cricketer, who hails from a Tamil family, ignored her mother tongue and only spoke in English, Hindi, and Telugu.
"She doesn't know Tamil. She will speak in eng, Telugu, Hindi", tweeted the fan.
The 36-year-old Indian cricketer, however, came out with a befitting reply to shut down the troll. "Tamil is my mother tongue...I speak Tamil well...I am proud to live in Tamil Nadu," she wrote in Tamil.
She doesn't know Tamil. She will speak in eng, Telugu, Hindi.— sugu (@vasugi29) October 15, 2019
தமிழ் என் தாய் மொழி..நான் தமிழ் நன்றாக பேசுவேன்..தமிழனாய் வாழ்வது எனக்கு பெருமை.. but above it all I am very proud indian ! Also my dear sugu ,you constant criticism on each and every post of mine ,you day to day advice on how and what should I do is exactly what keeps me going https://t.co/udOqOO2ejx— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) October 15, 2019
"But above it all I am very proud Indian! Also my dear sugu , your constant criticism on each and every post of mine, your day to day advice on how and what should I do is exactly what keeps me going," Mithali added in English.
She dedicated a Taylor Swift song to the fan asking him to 'calm down'.
Mithali holds the distinction of being the only female cricketer to have played ODI cricket for over two decades.
The right-handed batter holds the record for playing the maximum number of ODIs in women's cricket.
She has played 206 ODIs till now and is followed by England's Charlotte Edwards (191), India's Jhulan Goswami (178), Alex Blackwell of Australia (144).