Indian skipper Mitali Raj on Saturday, he said the team relied on rookie Shafali Verma to provide them with consistent “major starts”, but said the country had enough depth to strike inning in the event of a teenager’s failure.
The gorgeous teenager, known for her attacking style of play, will make her ODI debut in a three-game series against England, starting here on Sunday.
After impressing everyone in the shortest format of the game, the 17-year-old teen sensation continued to amaze the world of cricket, scoring 96 and 63 in his debut test here last week in India’s one-time match against England.
“There will be times when she gives us an advantage. We would be happy for that to be consistent, but at the same time she is a small child, she will learn with experience, she will also learn how to build inning,” Mitali told a pre-match press conference. before the first ODI.
“Since she is starting to play the ODI form for the first time, I, as a captain, encourage her to play the way she likes to play, it is comfortable to play, this is the style of cotton wool she has to do.
“If we lose early weekends, we as experienced midfielders are there to restore them, or if we get a good start, take the momentum forward. We have a depth of watts to do it,” added Mitali.
The 38-year-old said that the performance in the one-time test has increased the team’s confidence and while England will have the home advantage, the experience of playing in English leagues will help the Indian side in the series.
“We look really positive during the World Cup. The way the girls performed to save the test added confidence to the unit. England is a very good country, one of the best in the world.
“They will have the advantage of playing at home. But we have players who have played leagues here in England, we will gather information from them and that will help us do well.”
India had suffered a 1-4 series defeat at home against South Africa in March and the skipper wants the team to return to winning ways, given the New Zealand World Cup.
“New Zealand is windier than England. I would not say such conditions, but more or less the gates there are far better. The last time we played there was a good one-day series. Our preparation has already begun, when we enter a series, we are always looking to win.
“We are considering plans / combinations of games before the World Cup, but it is important to win a game, a series. The last series was not very good for the team, as captain I want the team to return to winning ways. “
Asked why the Indian team prefers to set sums instead of pursuing them, Mitali said bowlers, especially spinners, have done well in the past to protect sums.
“We’ve defended together in the past, we have a bowling attack to do it. Spinners, in particular, have won matches regardless of the wickets. Even in England at the 2017 World Cup in England, where bowling did well when we we defended our goals.
“It all depends on how, as a team, we put a total, if we fight first or if we have a total to defend, it comes down to the rhythm and time of the beaters and bowlers.”
The veteran test feels like playing in leagues in Australia and England is beneficial for youngsters
“The app was good for the youngsters, especially the girls who are touring for the first time. The leagues around the world have given different exposure to the players. Playing with different international players under different coaches.
“It adds more dimension to the game, their preparation, etc. It gives you more knowledge about how to deal with your game. It helps you develop confidence when you’re faced with a situation like this that you’re not very experienced at. Here. how these girls stand up and deliver. ”