Indian Women’s team skipper Mithali Raj believes that winning the Women's World Cup in England would inspire young girls to pick up the game and change the face of Women’s cricket in India. Raj also added that the seniors would have to take up the responsibility, if they want to win some silverware.
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“We definitely want to win the World Cup. It would be a revolution kind of thing for Indian women’s cricket. It gives a big impetus for young girls to take up the sport,” said Raj at the pre-departure press interaction in Mumbai on Saturday (June 10).
“It is a great platform to showcase the brand of cricket the girls have been playing in the past couple of years. It’s a long tour. I definitely want the girls to take one match at a time. Our first target definitely would be to get into the semis.”
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"We definitely want to win the World Cup. It is a great platform to show the kind of cricket the girls have been playing for the past couple of years. We are experienced players and we share our experience with the players. Now that it is the World Cup, a few seniors are aware of the pressure. We can be there for the juniors during the pressure situations. As senior
"The format is also different this time in this edition. It's a league-cum-knockout and is a long tour. I want the girls to take it one match at a time. Our first step would be to get into the last-four," Raj said.
Raj also stressed the importance of having good spinners in the team during the World Cup. Her hopes would have been spiked after watching the brilliant run of the Indian spin trio of Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, and Deepti Sharma in last year.
"Honestly everybody prefers to have extra fast bowlers in the side," Mithali told reporters in Mumbai on the eve of the team's departure. "But India have always banked on spinners, irrespective of the wicket. Whether in Australia, South Africa (or elsewhere), spinners have done exceptionally well. The fast bowlers have been doing well in the past two series as well," she added.
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