Mithali Raj is confident that the Indian team can clinch their third ICC World Cup trophy in the coming months as she claims that the men in blue possess a number of match winners in the squad. Raj also picked hosts’ England as another team who can go on to win their maiden World Cup title.
Mithali Raj has been a mainstay in the Indian women’s cricket team in the last decade. One of the most respected cricketing personalities in the country at present, Raj recently gave her opinion on India’s chances at the ICC World Cup 2019 which starts on May 30. The former India women’s team opined that India have the potential to go all the way in the World Cup as they possess a lot of match winners in the team.
"The Indian team has a lot of match-winners now. Of course, the captain (Virat Kohli) leads from the front with the openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, but we also have fast bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah and the spinners.
"But overall I think, the team which posts a big total and the bowlers who are able to do the job to contain those runs, is the team which is going to win. But then we do have a lot of depth. We have the expertise of Dhoni in the side. So, I can't pick one player, but India definitely has a lot of match-winners," Mithali said in a video posted on Twitter.
Raj, who has played 203 ODIs for India, added that England will be India’s biggest competitors at the global showpiece event which will be played across the United Kingdom over the course of the next month.
"India is absolutely going in as favourites because they have been doing very well in the one-dayers and in other formats in the recent past.
"But I cannot rule out the home team (England). Even they have done very well. They had some 10 to 15 victory streaks in the one-dayers. They will also play on home conditions. Having said that, I think as an Indian I will root for India," Raj added.
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