Mithali Raj has been the guiding beacon for modern women cricket in India. She is easily the best women cricketer India has ever produced so far, with several rare milestones and accolades to her name. In her journey as the harbinger of Women Cricket Team of India, she played three World Cups so far, preparing for her fourth campaign latter by this month on 24th of June. For the player, the season is “destiny repeating itself” and she hopes it is for better.
Raj is presently the second leading scorer in women ODI format, closer to Charlotte Edwards by 212 runs. Thus, this World Cup season would be another milestone for Raj to scale a rare height of records. Leaving aside personal achievements, the skipper wants to win the tournament this time because it would be a revolution for India women cricket and a big impetus for young girls to take cricket as a sport.
India at present, has three pace bowlers reliable enough. Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey and Mansi Joshi are expected to roll out India’s pace attack in bowling fronts. This season, the teams are lacking speed attacks and India’s ensemble too is focused on spin more than speed options. Per Raj, the team is doing fine with fast bowlers but she has also contained rooms for player’s injury and hence also for replacements. The captain is also cautions against injury of players. Raj said, India’s strength in bowling has been spin options in any wicket.
On young players in the team, Raj said there are always some expectation, which becomes a pressure on youngsters. She said there are several players who will be on their maiden World Cup tournament. Their contribution in India’s success being through the longest winning stretch of 16 successive victories in Women ODI. Player like Punam Raut has been among the top brass in batting ensemble. Their recent achievement includes the partnership of 320 runs with Deepti Sharma.
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