India face tricky test in South Africa

India face tricky test in South Africa

Seven months after the stupendous present in the World Cup, Indian girls’s cricket group is able to shake off its rustiness in opposition to South Africa in a three-match collection, which will even be a primary spherical fixture of the ICC Women’s Championship.

The three-match collection beginning tomorrow will give each teams an opportunity to instantly qualify for the 2021 ICC Women’s World Cup.

Kimberley would be the venue of the ODIs on February 5 and 7, whereas the collection will end in Potchefstroom on February 10.

Mithali Raj and her group didn’t get to play any worldwide video games — because of lackadaisical planning on the a part of the BCCI and the largest problem shall be to get again into the groove.

With girls’s cricket being intently adopted publish World Cup, Mithali is aware of that the players’ duty has elevated manifold.

“Every match will be scrutinised by people, by the critics, by everybody, because now people have seen the actual standard of women’s cricket and the Indian team,” Mithali stated.

“So, yes, from now on whatever matches that we get to play, will be closely watched by all of them (and) followed by all the cricket fanatic people in our country as well as around the world,” she added.

The skipper herself has been busy with a collection of promotional occasions and solely performed just a few matches in the National One-Day Championship for ladies.

“I am eager to get back to playing international cricket. It has been a while since the World Cup and the South Africa tour will be the first once since. It is good to play against good sides in challenging conditions because it gets the best out of a side which is trying to improve,” she stated.

The centre of consideration shall be 17-year-old Mumbai schoolgirl Jemimah Rodriguez, who has been a prolific scorer in home competitions.

While India completed a creditable runners-up in the World Cup, they had been comfortably crushed by 115 runs by the Proteas girls in the league stage.

“I cannot believe it’s already been six months, feels like yesterday,” remarked South Africa’s 24-year-old captain Dane van Niekerk, including: “It’s honestly still very raw for me personally, I think it’ll be for a while. I’m sure for most of our players it’s the same.”

Van Niekerk, who’s the ninth-ranked bowler in the world, additional stated: “It is a fresh start for us as a very tight unit. We don’t want to go through the qualifiers again and that means we need to hit the ground running from game one.”

Mithali concurred along with her reverse quantity.

“It is essential to get factors beneath our belt, so the three ODIs are going to be essential as a result of it’s a contemporary begin to the ICC Women’s Championship.

“We undoubtedly are trying ahead to being in the highest 4, in order that we get a direct entry; that’s our purpose. But to get there I feel it’s important that we get as many factors as we will.”

“For us, the build-up and preparations for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2021 starts in South Africa. The more ODIs we will play in these two-three years, the more they will give a sense of how the players and the team are shaping.”

One space the place Mithali needs her group to enhance is bowlers upping the ante whereas batting.

“I think the first thing is definitely that the bowlers need to bat. That is something I would consider very important. I would want all my bowlers to contribute (with the bat) in the lower-order.”


India: Mithali Raj (captain), Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-captain), Veda Krishnamurthy, Smriti Mandhana, Mona Meshram, Shikha Pandey, Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Sushma Verma (wicket-keeper) and Poonam Yadav.

South Africa: Dane van Niekerk (capt), Marizanne Kapp, Trisha Chetty, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Sune Luus, Laura Wolvaardt, Mignon du Preez, Lizelle Lee, Chloe Tryon, Andrie Steyn, Raisibe Ntozakhe and Zintle Mali.

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