Indian women’s ODI team captain Mithali Raj on Saturday indicated that the 50-over World Cup to be held in New Zealand in 2022 would be the final tournament of her 23-year international cricket career. Twenty-eight-year-old Mithali also said that she is also looking for some great seam bowling options for lively New Zealand pitches. India’s best female cricketer said during the virtual launch of the book ‘1971: The Beginning of India’s Cricketing Greatness’,’ It has been 21 years in international cricket and I know that 2022 will be my year of retirement, which will be the World Cup. Can happen later. ‘
The book, co-authored by Harper Collins, is co-authored by Boria Majumdar and Gautam Bhattacharya. Mithali said, “The last year is equivalent to 20 years in my international cricket.” Mithali is the only female batsman to have more than 7000 runs in ODIs, talking about keeping herself motivated during the Covid-19period. He said, ‘I know we are going through difficult times but I have done a lot to work on my fitness. Anyway, my age is not decreasing, but my age is increasing and I know the importance of fitness. ‘
“It will be very important to be emotionally strong as we know that there will be very few visits before the World Cup,” he said. The Indian women’s team has to play four bilateral series including the overseas tour of England, Australia and New Zealand and then the home series against the West Indies in between. He said, “From now on, every tour is important to me as a batsman and at the same time I have to prepare the team for the World Cup and unite them.”
Mithali said, “Yes, I am very positive to see the girls, the way they are working in limited facilities at the moment, their focus and enthusiasm is on the upcoming series.” He admitted that fast bowling is a department that needs to be improved and a pool needs to be created for the future as Jhulan Goswami is also towards the end of his career.
Mithali said, “We definitely have to find some players and prepare for New Zealand.” During this, great cricketer Sunil Gavaskar was also in the panel, Mithali got some advice from him as well. Gavaskar feels that Mithali’s team can learn from Virat Kohli’s team how to challenge them without being afraid of rivals.
He said, ‘I was watching the 2017 Women’s ODI World Cup final at Lord’s with my wife. I saw that the England players were disturbing your lower order and intimidating them with their gestures. ‘ Gavaskar said, ‘I would like the girls to stare into the opponent’s eyes instead of looking down. I think ‘body language’ is a very important aspect. Look at Virat Kohli, he stares at the opponent and then the whole team does the same. ‘