Hyderabad: It was down the memory lane and Mithali Raj enjoyed every moment of it when the victorious World Cup Indian cricket captain was honoured at her alma mater on Friday. “I can proudly say I’m a student of Keyes High School. Getting everybody, including former teachers, students and secretaries, is a truly honour for me. I’m very emotional coming back to school. Most of my struggling days were in this school. It was lovely to see the purple colour,’’ said Mithali Raj at the felicitation function.
Among the distinguished gathering, including 1500 children, were 88-year-old Thota Indira Lakshmaiah and GP Sulochana (niece of late CK Nayudu). An emotional Mithali admitted it has been an overwhelming experience to be back to the school.
She thanked the school for supporting her in early days. “I was very fortunate to be enrolled in a school which has always supported and promoted other activities. I had the support of parents but they needed more from the school because it was very difficult to pursue sport around the year, missing the classes and examinations. If not for your support, it would have been more challenging and probably I wouldn’t have played this sport. This school has played a big role in moulding me into a cricketer. I was the only student giving an examination as I missed half yearly and quarterly examination.’’
She went on: “For a huge monument a foundation has to be strong and for me, the foundation was strong because of my parents, Sampath sir and school. This school has become a large part of my life and I became emotional seeing the teachers who helped me during my school days. ‘’
The teachers recalled the early days of Mithali. “She joined here in kindergarten in 1986 and passed her secondary in 1998. Her precious childhood was spent here,’’ said Padmini, her kindergarten teacher.
Mithali Raj took the occasion to honour to all teachers. Mithali’s parents, Dorai and Leela Raj were also honoured by the school.