After getting thrashed by Australian women’s team in the three-match One Day International series by 3-0, Indian women cricket team under the leadership of Harmanpreet Kaur is looking forward to a better start in the upcoming tri-nation T20I series involving England and Australia.
Talking about the tri-nation T20I series, Women-in-Blue’s ODI skipper Raj said India would be aiming to find the right combination with the T20I World Cup in November later this year while playing the upcoming series.
“It will be tough as both Australia and England are great teams and have won the T20 World Cup. But our team is looking to prepare for the T20I World Cup this year,” Mithali Raj told ANI.
“We will look to obtain confidence from these matches and overcome the areas we are lacking in to present a strong team in the World Cup,” Raj added.
Indian women cricket team will also benefit as they have the world’s highest run-getter (Mithali Raj) and wicket-taker in ODI (Jhulan Goswami).
“The team is now preparing for the T20 World Cup this year and it is important to have our combinations right before it. And for that if we need to have some changes in the squad, irrespective of the result goes our way or not, it is important as we see the bigger picture preparing for the World Cup,” Mithali Raj told reporters.
Raj said, “We need to pick players and give them specific roles and they need to work on it. That’s what Australia has been doing since past couple of years, likewise we need to the same. We do have power, we have Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, and now you see how Pooja Vastrakar is capable. Yes, we need to give her more opportunities to groom her into an all-rounder.”
Talking about India’s whitewash in the ODI series, the 35-year-old batter said, “I think, in every department, they (Australia) did their best. We definitely lacked partnerships in the middle-order; (our) bowlers weren’t as disciplined as they were in South Africa. So, yes, things really didn’t go our way.”
The tri-nation T20I series will start on 22 March at the Brabourne Stadium Mumbai.