Raj braces for opener challenge

Raj braces for opener challenge


Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur travel behind after a win, India v Sri Lanka, 1st women's ODI, Visakhapatnam, Jan 19, 2014

Mithali Raj has been carrying India’s batting for years and a maestro batsman and captain has set herself a new plea going into a Women’s World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. Having batted during No 3 or 4 for many of her career, Raj will open India’s innings in a tournament, practising a plan that a side’s best batsman should get a many deliveries in limited-overs formats. While it is an eventuality for her to yield procedure to a group upfront in a universe event, Raj also sees it as something of a personal challenge, an try to pullulate in a format that hasn’t accurately been her elite one.

“I have worked tough on this and would like to give a group good starts,” Raj said. “Opening is challenging. we wish to plea myself. Initially when T20 started we never unequivocally favourite it. But we have come prepared, and have worked mentally really tough to get attuned to this format. we wish to rate myself as a T20 player. we wish to infer that to myself. we have attempted it opposite Sri Lanka and it has worked.”

Raj done 42 and 53 during a tip of a sequence in a warm-up matches opposite Ireland and New Zealand though she knows too most can't be review into those scores. And while she might be entrance in during a start of a fielding restrictions, she is doubtful to desert her lucky cover expostulate for a switch-hit anytime soon.

“My form has been good though we am not removing complacent,” she said. “There is a large disproportion between a warm-ups and a categorical event. we will play to my strengths. we won’t adjust to a border where we have to make a 360-degree change.”

Raj’s graduation means a center sequence will be marshaled by a able twin of one-day opener Poonam Raut and vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur, and a captain was gratified that both had strike some form in a use matches.

“It is good to see them get some runs. It is good that there are a integrate of players prepared to take shortcoming in a center order,” Raj said. “I know that they are always there after me in box we destroy to give a start a group wants.”

Barring a few of her players distinguished form, Raj refused to insert any some-more significance to a warm-ups.

“I don’t cruise a warm-ups as benchmarks,” she said. “They were of march useful for a girls to get used to a vicinity and a atmosphere. We have two-three new spinners, and it was also a possibility for me to sign them.”

The contest is being staged in a subcontinent, in conditions that India can ideally explain laxity with. Raj did not consider this was a case, during slightest going by a surfaces she had witnessed for a use games, that she felt were tough and not utterly turners.

At a final universe eventuality they played in – a Women’s World Cup 2013 in India – a hosts crashed out of a initial turn with waste to England and Sri Lanka. India find themselves with a same teams during a World T20, in Group B that also has West Indies and Bangladesh. Raj certified a group faced a vigour of personification a World Cup, though she dictated to go in with a transparent mind regardless of final year’s results.

“We won’t lift a past here, that is for sure. (But) irrespective of where a World Cup is played, a vigour is always there,” Raj said. “No matter how many universe events we have played in, it is always going into a uninformed one. Don’t consider it decreases since we are divided from home. The eventuality itself carries outrageous pressure. Everyone expects we to do well.”

India will start their debate opposite Sri Lanka on Mar 24 in Sylhet.

Article source: http://www.espncricinfo.com/womens-world-t20/content/story/730185.html?CMP=OTC-RSS