The Indian captain, Mithali Raj, has 75 nos (86b), 59 (92b) and 72 (108) in the One-Day International series of the multi-format tour through England. Two of the innings resulted in a huge loss for the host, while the youngest saw her India secures its first victory on tour and become the highest run-scorer in international women’s cricket, overtaking English legend Charlotte Edwards along the way.
Despite her consistency, however, the focus does not shift away from her slow strike rate, and the criticism is not without reason. Mithali is the main leaf anchor, but several others in the series, from Punam Raut to Harmanpreet Kaur, have also fallen back to play it safe and taken far too long to get going. The Indian team recorded 181 points in the first ODI (30.1 overs), 188 in the second (31.3 overs) and 150 points on Saturday (25 overs). The question then becomes: should a solid and confident Mithali no longer try to score and keep the runs going?
“I did read that the criticism is on strike. Look, I’m not seeking validation from people, I’ve been playing for a long time. I have a responsibility and I’m here to play the role I was assigned,” Mithali said after. the match told reporters.
This is a role in which she came up well when she worked on her strike rate on her way to reaching the winning margin that India secured by four wickets in the last one-dayer at Worcester.
Mithali regards the record as the goal of all the trials her 22-year career has seen.
“I think as it went, it was not an easy journey. It has its own challenges. I believe trials have a purpose. There were times I wanted to give up, but something kept me going. Two ‘and twenty years later the hunger to score runs has not ended yet, to be in the middle and win matches for India is not over yet,’ she said.
England was a favorite hunting ground for the Indian captain, with many important milestones in her career.
“I’ve always liked playing against England in England. They say English conditions are difficult, but I recorded most of my runs on this ground. I came here badly and found my rhythm here. I was here in ’99 and it’s in full circle. I hope my form will continue in the series as well, “she added.
The 38-year-old man found herself in familiar waters when the quick wickets derailed India’s momentum, despite the team rushing according to preference. She has found support like Jhulan Goswami and Sneh Rana, whom she sees as talent for the future. Rana assumed the mantle to be the pincer, a role that India had long struggled to make in its plan.
“Thanks to Sneh Rana for the partnership. She kept her calm and did the work. It’s a lock we’re always looking for someone who has the shots to clear the field – strong shots around. And it helps to “Having a player there who can also bowl, so it’s good to have her on the sidelines,” said Mithali.
“She has definitely shown that she does have the character in her to be built into a good player. In the current era, in modern cricket, all-rounders play a very important role in the composition of the team. I am sure that she will play a bigger role for India in the years to come. ‘
“I am sure she will play a bigger role for India in the coming years.” – Mithali Raj on Sneh Rana (pictured)
The game also endured a painful skinny patch for people like Harmanpreet Kaur and Jemimah Rodrigues. The Indian vice-captain scored 1 (7), 19 (39) and 16 (38), while Rodrigues scored 8 (15) and 4 (21) in the two matches she won. However, Mithali is not too worried about the shape the two explosive batter will take.
“It does happen to any player. We also know that she won matches for us alone with her innings. This time she needs the support of the team to support her,” Mithali said of her deputy.
“It’s just a matter of a victim like her getting her rhythm and timing. I’m sure with the T20 format, a format that suits her game, I really hope she’s between runs again. . “
The form of Rodrigues poses a bigger demand on a side trying to cement its number 3 batter in the run-up to next year’s ODI World Cup.
“A young player – of course it’s going to take a while. It’s just a matter of experience and exposure for players like her. If a player goes through badly, we as players, seniors and team management can give her the confidence and the support, but it comes down to the player himself having the conviction to get out of the (weak) form, ”she added.
While confident of what the girls’ victory in the T20 leg of the tour will bring, Mithali’s own focus will now be on the ODI side and her own batting in the run – up to the Australian Series later this year and, at expansion, the 2022 World Cup in New Zealand.
“Now the series is over, but we have some names and players in our minds,” she said of the undefeated batting order.
“Again, it’s important that we see how they fit into the team. Purists are very few in the modern era of cricket. We also have to look at the all-rounders and how the composition of the team will come is very important. it is also an area we are looking at, No. 3 and even No. 6 and No. 7, ‘she said.
“As far as the composition is concerned, we are currently dealing with five bowlers, but something we are looking at is to have another versatile player in the side. But that again cuts a puris – whether a batter or a bowler. We “By the next series, we have to see what kind of players we look at and get on the team,” Mithali added.