Mithali Raj believes Indian Team is well prepared for 2022 World Cup

Mithali Raj believes Indian Team is well prepared for 2022 World Cup

India Women will play only one ODI series – against New Zealand – before the World Cup early next year but captain Mithali Raj feels the team has had “enough exposure” so far in 2021.
 
This year, India hosted South Africa for five ODIs before playing a three-match series in England and Australia each. They lost all three series but they gave a tough fight to Australia for their 2-1 win and also ceased their 26-match winning streak in the third ODI there.
Playing against top 3 ranked sides has prepared us well – Mithali Raj
“We have played three best teams since March and it has given us good preparation,” Raj said after a partnership between KFC and Indian Deaf Cricket Association in Delhi on Wednesday. “Players have played domestic cricket and also in the Women’s Big Bash so they are getting game time which is the most important thing. We are getting to play in New Zealand before World Cup which is also good.”
 
“When you play against a strong team in its backyard you try to give your best,” Raj said. “Though we lost the series, the matches were very close. We scored 270 (274) and chased 270-odd, if we can do that consistently we will be among the best sides in world cricket.”
All batting departments must work in sync – Mithali Raj
India’s Middle order has come under heavy criticism for its lack of reliability. In most of the recent tours over the years, its the top order that has been doing all the work. If the top order fails, the team fails. The middle or the lower middle order is nowhere to carry the team through early wickets. Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma have been opening well and giving excellent starts consistently. Mithali herself has come under the scanner for her low strike-rate.
 
“We bat as a unit so you can’t pinpoint one area,” she said. “There are times when the top order failed and the others performed. As a unit if we look to post a good total then it will help. If we focus on one area like middle order then it becomes too much of a burden for that particular slot.”
 
“There were not enough expectations back then,” Raj said. “Now in 2021, players have got experience and got a lot of exposure with the T20 leagues. Overall we have young players but they have got enough exposure. It is just of matter of gelling well as a team.
 
“Every match will be different there. The quicker we read our opponents the better it will be for us.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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