South Africa Women’s interim captain, Sune Luus is excited to play the India Women side in the upcoming 5-match ODI series which will be followed by 3 T20Is. All the matches will be played at the Shree Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana International Stadium in Lucknow from 7th March to 23rd March.
Sune Luus was appointed the stand-in captain of the Proteas team in their recent home series against Pakistan as regular skipper Dane van Niekerk was injured, and so was senior all-rounder Chloe Tryon; Luus will continue to lead the side on the India tour as well as van Niekerk failed to recover from the injury.
Under the 25-yar-old all-rounder, South Africa defeated Pakistan 3-0 in the ODI series and 2-1 in the T20Is.
Both the teams are currently serving their mandatory quarantine periods. All the players and officials will undergo two rounds of covid-19 testing before being allowed to train, provided they clear the tests. Mithali Raj will lead India in the ODI series while Harmanpreet Kaur continues as the skipper in the shorter format.
India have top players, but we are well-prepared to face them: Sune Luus
Playing Pakistan ahead of the tour makes Sune Luus believe that her side has a slight advantage over the Indian team, who will take the field after an entire year having last played on March 8th in the Women’s T20 World Cup final against Australia in Melbourne.
As quoted by India Today, Sune Luus said, “Coming to India is always exciting. We’re never sure what to expect when we get here. For this trip, we’ve never played at the ground, we don’t know what it looks like or what the conditions will be like. I think it will be the same for India as well. So I think it’s going to be an even contest.”
“They have players like Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur and all those players, who we know are top quality. But I think we are well-prepared to face them. We’ve also had game-time behind us and I don’t think they’ve had that, which I’m hoping will be an advantage for us. I think, after having no cricket for nearly a year, to having two tours in quick succession is really exciting,” she added.
The leg-spinner says that the 5-match ODI series will serve a good purpose in preparation for the World Cup around the same time next year in New Zealand.
“It really helps with our preparation for the World Cup next year and I think the more cricket we play now the better it will be for us come the finals in New Zealand. I think every match we play we need to capitalise on and make the most of the opportunity,” Luus further added.