The women’s team led by Mithali Raj is boarding the plane to Australia with confidence. India will face the Australian team in a multi-form series, including a historic pink ball test.
In an online press conference before the team’s departure, the captain said that the day and night test is of great significance to the women’s game and will be challenging. “We have never played a test match under the lights,” Mitali said. “(Neither) we often play ODI under the lights.”
She added that the biggest challenge is playing pink balls at dusk. “This is the feedback we got from interacting with several male cricket players,” she said. “Let’s see how we deal with the challenge.”
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She said that India can already play two series this year, which is good. “That being said, we know we are playing the best in the world,” she said. “Obviously, we have to win our A-level matches in every game.”
She said the players gained confidence from their practice. “Considering the pandemic, we are lucky (in Bangalore) to have a camp of 30 girls,” she said. “We managed to run a game simulation and played a few games under the lights.”
Regarding the unlimited pacemaker, Meghna Singh, coach Ramesh Powar said that her experience (on the domestic circuit) can help her in Australia. “She has always been an experienced player in the railway and has performed well,” he said.
He hopes that walkers like her can support Indian pioneer Jhulan Goswami on the tour. “We need a pacemaker that can work with her,” he said. “If Juran continues to receive support, she will be able to express herself instead of being forced to be a little defensive.”