The skipper of the India Women’s cricket team Mithali Raj is focused on the upcoming New Zealand series and then the World Cup. India are eyeing to win the upcoming 50-over World Cup with the squad having a nice mix of youth and experience. Ageing 39, this can well be her final assignment in international cricket.
Mithali Raj retired from T20I cricket in 2019 and hinted at retiring from the game after the 2022 ICC World Cup. Addressing the pre-departure press conference, she said that she will think about her future post the World Cup.
Right Now My Focus Is On These Two Months: Mithali Raj
“Well, let’s see how things go there. Right now, my focus is on these two months, that is something I am looking to put all my focus and energy into the series and World Cup,” said Mithali in a virtual press conference.
Ahead of the 50-over World Cup, India will play the White Ferns in one T20I and five ODIs, beginning February 9 in Napier. Post that, she will led the Indian Women’s team in the mega-event.
India will face New Zealand (March 10), West Indies (March 12), England (March 16), Australia (March 19), Bangladesh (March 22), and South Africa (March 27) as some tough matches await the side in the upcoming World Cup.
Jhulan Goswami and Ramesh Powar also spoke to the reporters before leaving for New Zealand for the bilateral series. While Jhulan said that World Cup is like an Olympic event for the side, Powar asserted on the importance of getting adjusted to the conditions for winning the ultimate title.
“As cricketers, we, don’t play the Olympics. For us, World Cup is like an Olympic event. You prepare for four years to reach a certain level. When the mega event finally comes, you go enjoy there and express yourself,” said Jhulan in an interaction at the WINS (Women in News and Sport.
Moving in to New Zealand, we are going to get some experience before the World Cup. We can get acclimatised and I think every gap has been looked at. We will try to maximise the players we have and will try to do good things there,” said Powar.