Captain of Indian ODI women Mitali Raj on Saturday indicated that the 2022 FIFA World Cup in New Zealand will be her “swan” after 23 famous years in international cricket.
Mithali, 38, perhaps the best cricket woman India has ever produced, also said he was seriously looking for some good sewing bowling opportunities for New Zealand’s busy runways next year.
“It’s been 21 years of international cricket and I know 2022 is my swan, the World Cup,” Mittali said during the virtual launch of Harper Collins’ 1971: The Beginning of India’s Cricket Greatness, co-authored by Boria. Majumdar and Gautam Bhatacarya.
“The last year is equal to 20 years of my international cricket,” she added.
Mithali, the only test woman with more than 7,000 ODI runs, also talks about how she had to behave motivated during COVID-19 times, which also prompted the global event by a year.
“I know we’re in a difficult time, but it takes me a long time to keep working on my fitness. I’m not getting younger, I’m actually getting older and I know the importance of fitness,” Mitali said.
“The importance of being in a very good emotional and mental mood, knowing that there will be very few tours before the World Cup.”
The Indian women will play four bilateral series – away games in England, Australia and New Zealand and home series against the West Indies, closed between them.
“Every tour (from now on) is important to me as a beating on how I will make the team regroup and build a team for the World Cup,” she said.
“Yes, I’m very optimistic about the girls and the way they’ve worked with whatever equipment they have in those times and the focus and enthusiasm that the upcoming series has.”
She acknowledged that fast bowling is one of the areas the team needs to improve and build a pool looking to the future, as Julan Goswami also reaches the end of his business career.
“We definitely need to look at a few players and prepare them for New Zealand, so yes.”
Mitali also received some advice from the legendary Sunil Gavaskar, who was a co-host during the discussion.
Gavascar thinks Mitali and her bunch can pull out a sheet each They grow kohligame book to look into the eyes of the enemy and return without fear.
“I was with my wife at Lord’s watching the 2017 Women’s FIFA World Cup final. What I saw was that the English girls came hard at your lower rank and intimidated them with their attitude,” Gavascar said.
“I would like the girls to look back at the opposition instead of looking down. I think body language is a very important aspect. Look at Virat Koli, he is staring at the opposition and the rest of the team is doing it.”