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ICC Women's World Cup 2017: Mithali Raj Warns Players Not to Rest on Laurels

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: July 5, 2017, 2:50 PM IST
ICC Women's World Cup 2017: Mithali Raj Warns Players Not to Rest on Laurels

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India might have thrashed arch-rivals Pakistan comprehensively to sit at the top of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 standings, but skipper Mithali Raj isn’t content and wants her girls to keep working on the basics as they take on Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

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India have won all three of their games so far in the Women’s World Cup. While the bowlers have done a good job so far, Mithali is more concerned about the team’s batting as they managed to score just 169 in their last game against Pakistan. Thankfully, Ekta Bisht's spell of 5/18 helped India bowl out Pakistan for just 74.

“We definitely will look into the fact that we don’t lose wickets back-to-back because that puts a lot of pressure on the incoming batters as well as the team. We need to work on our partnerships as batters.

“In terms of bowling, the spinners have been doing well, (against Pakistan) the pacers looked better than the last two games so it depends which wicket we play on against Sri Lanka. If it’s a fresh wicket, then we have different plans for it,” she said.

Mithali also praised her bowlers for defending a small total confidently against Pakistan. Mansi Joshi came into the side for her first game of the tournament and picked two wickets to play a pivotal role in the win.

“Because Mansi was playing her first game of the World Cup (against Pakistan) and it was a situation where we needed wickets and not to lose runs in the first 10 overs, it was a crucial situation for us.

“We knew if we got wickets there was a good chance for us to be in the game. That’s why I wanted to go with experienced bowlers. They are in a better position and experienced. I’m really happy that Ekta rose to the occasion and delivered what the team required of her,” Mithali said.


India Women (Playing XI): Punam Raut, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Mithali Raj(c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Sushma Verma(w), Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Ekta Bisht, Poonam Yadav
Sri Lanka Women (Playing XI): Nipuni Hansika, Hasini Perera, Chamari Atapattu, Shashikala Siriwardene, Dilani Manodara(w), Prasadani Weerakkody, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Chandima Gunaratne, Ama Kanchana, Sripali Weerakkody, Inoka Ranaweera(c)

First Published: July 4, 2017, 2:27 PM IST

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