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“We missed Jhulan Goswami’s experience, but other bowlers needed to step up” – Mithali Raj




Indian female ODI captain Mithali Raj, on Sunday she expressed her disappointment with the performance of her bowling team at fourth match against South Africa.

The visitors easily chased 267, doing so with seven goalkeepers, to take a 3-1 lead in a five-match series. Earlier, a total of 266 for 4 women from India was built around a well-composed hundred from Punam Raut.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony after the match, Mithali Raj he stressed that bowlers need to work on how to prepare before the series. In this regard, she said:

“Even if we scored more than 266, that would not be enough, the way the South Africans hit. Our bowling department has to work on the preparations before the series. We missed that. We are not a bad side on the field, but there are things we can improve. “

Acknowledging that the women of India missed the experience of veteran boss Jhulan Goswami, Mithali Raj pointed out that it was an opportunity to step up other bowlers as well. The captain elaborated:

“We lacked Jhulan’s experience, but it was an opportunity for other bowlers to step up and take responsibility. Our spin department is experienced. I expect them to come back stronger. ”

Meanwhile, the South African captain for women Laura Wolvaardt (53), who competed on 116 tracks with Lizelle Lee (69), described the win as a massive team effort. In this regard, she said:

“I am fresh for work and I used older players for advice and help. The plan was to attack with the ball forward as far as we could be. We have a world-class attack. One of the first four must break through for us. It’s something we haven’t done in the past. ”

Mignon du Preez was named ‘match player’ for hitting 61 with 55 balls. Du Preez and Lara Goodall (59 *) appeared in 103 places for the third wicket because South Africa did not allow women to India to snoop in pursuit.

Mithali Raj becomes the first woman to achieve a 7000 ODI run

Earlier in the day, Mithali Raj rewrote the record books, becoming the first woman to achieve a 7,000 ODI run. The 38-year-old achieved the feat when she reached the age of 26 during her inning. The Indian captain was eventually fired for 45 of 71 balls.

Despite India’s fights for women, this is a record series for Mithali Raj. In the third ODI, she became the first Indian player, and only the second overall, to achieve 10,000 international runs.

Former England captain Charlotte Edwards is the only woman to have accomplished the feat. She achieved 10,273 runs in international cricket.

Playing in the second ODI of the current series, Mithali Raj overtook Edwards and became the most limited women player in international cricket.

Posted March 14, 2021, 5:52 PM IST