ICC Women’s World Cup 2017: Indian Captain Mithali Raj Eager To Leave Last Impression

Indian women’s cricket captain Mithali Raj said that “Our first step would be to get into the semis.” Since Indian women cricket team failed to make semi-final in 2010 to 2016 but this season their aims to step-up into the semi-final.

Before leaving for the Women’s World Cup in England, captain Raj said that “I’ve always had a rivalry against her. She’s always charged up when she sees me come out to bat. I don’t know how this rivalry started, but it’s always very hardcore when we’re up against each other.”

“I want to do well against any bowler I face, but yes, it’ll be nice to score some runs off her. Or many runs. Sixers to give back to that glaring.”

The 33-year-old Indian women’s captain Raj said that it’ll be her last Cup and fifth World Cup, she said “I’m aware this will be my last, but I don’t want to enter this World Cup piling pressure on myself. I can’t let weight of expectations bog me down.”

Mithali Raj

She added, “I want it to be special irrespective of the result. I am very calm and confident and not at all under pressure.”

Talking about last World Cup, Raj said difficult to qualify even for the Super 6, “It was a huge disappointment. We were given the best platform, but we couldn’t perform. It had been personally rough after critics tore into her saying runs didn’t come off her bat as they should have.”

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“An unfortunate sequence of matches as a big opportunity was missed – something people haven’t stopped reminding her of.” She added. “I always has this reputation of great consistency till then. But when needed, the runs didn’t come. People forget sometimes that it happens.”

Mithali Raj

Speaking about great World Cup memories of 2011 at Wankhede, she said: “I don’t really watch much men’s cricket, so it’s tough to pick a memory though obviously, Mumbai was a big moment for Indian cricket.”

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Raj speaks about 2005 final World Cup, “In 2005, New Zealand were the strongest team that year and we ran into them in the semifinals in South Africa. They were brilliant, and nothing pretty much was expected of us. It was a very close rain-interrupted game. I’d scored a 90 odd after recovering from a torn ligament injury.”

“When we fielded, every dismissal was referred to the third umpire and it was a thriller. You remember such days better, there’s something magical about them. There are many bad days in cricket and you remember the pain and the hurt, but this game always makes me happy.”

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