Indian women’s team captain ODI Mithali Raj said on Wednesday the team have had “good preparation” so far in 2021, ahead of next year’s Women’s World Cup in New Zealand.
India hosted South Africa for five ODIs before playing a three-game series in England and Australia each, losing all three. However, they challenged the strong Aussie team on their soil and ended their 26-game winning streak in the third ODI there.
Now, Indian women are expected to play just one ODI series – against hosts New Zealand – before next year’s World Cup.
“We have played against the top three teams since March and that gave us good preparation. The players have played national cricket and also the Women’s Big Bash, which allows them to get the playing time they so badly need, ”said Mithali on the sidelines of the event, where the KFC and Indian Deaf partnership Cricket Association was announced here on Wednesday.
The captain also stressed that the entire batting unit must work in unison to give themselves the best possible chance of winning the World Cup.
“Sometimes the middle row hitters don’t do well, there are times when the first order has failed and the rest have been successful. As a unit, if we are looking to post a good total it will help our cause in the World Cup, ”she said.
India finished second at the 2017 World Cup in England when few expected, but expectations will be higher this time around.
Mithali said: “We have players who are experienced and have a lot of exposure with the T20 leagues, so the expectations will be there. Overall we have young players, but they have enough visibility. It’s just a matter of gelling well as a team.