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Teams Don’t Take ‘Women In Blue’ Lightly Anymore: Mithali Raj

New Delhi: India ODI skipper Mithali Raj desires so as to add that elusive World Cup trophy to her cupboard earlier than calling time on her illustrious profession.

Raj helped India attain remaining of the match on two events — 2005 and 2017 — however the ‘Women in Blue’ suffered heartbreaks in opposition to Australia and England respectively.

Mithali Raj has said that continually churning out good outcomes in opposition to high sides has helped the workforce acquire a strong popularity in current instances. In response to her, groups don’t take India flippantly anymore.

“Teams don’t take us lightly anymore and come prepared for us,” Raj was quoted as saying by Sportstar.

“Consistently beating the best sides in the world – be it Australia in the ODIs or England in the T20Is – has given us the confidence that we too are a side to beat.”

Raj took retirement from the shortest format after the T20 World Cup final yr in a bid to delay her ODI profession. She revealed how that is motivating her to maintain herself match throughout this enforced break put ahead by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Fitness, at my age, is something I need to consciously and constantly keep up. I know I can’t forget my skill. I still have some batting in me. I might need a few sessions to get my rhythm going,” she mentioned.

“A few of us have working area whereas others like me must handle inside the restricted areas indoors, so our trainers are adapting routines for us. (Coach) WV Raman is attempting to be inventive with our talent coaching routine.

“It’s troublesome as a result of no matter how a lot we practice indoors, we have to get out onto the bottom to be absolutely ready,” she added.

The previous Indian skipper has develop into the primary girl cricketer to have a world profession lasting greater than 20 years. Mithali had made her ODI debut in opposition to Eire on June 26, 1999.

(IANS)

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