It’s time we start our campaign for World Cup: Mithali

Lucknow, Mar 06 (PTI):
Indian women’s ODI captain Mithali Raj on Saturday said lack of game time won’t be an issue for the players and they are ready to hit top gear against South Africa in the limited over series as the team begins its World Cup preparation.
India will play five ODIs, starting with the first match on Sunday, followed by three T20Is in the home series against South Africa to kick off their calendar which was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the South Africans come into the series fresh from their 3-0 and 2-1 win over Pakistan in the ODI and T20I home series last month, the Indians last played on March 8, 2020 when they lost to Australia in the T20 World Cup final. “Clearly they had a game time, but we are playing after a gap. Having said that we definitely have put in the efforts, trained ourselves, have these short camps, four days of sessions here,” Mithali said during a virtual news conference on the eve of the first ODI here. “It doesn’t look like we are rusty or anything … I think the girls clearly are quite excited to get on the field and start putting our best performances because it’s time that we start our campaign for the World Cup, and start playing some cricket.”
The Neetu David-led selection committee sprung a few surprises by including a lot of rookies, while excluding some big names in pacer Shikha Pandey and wicketkeeper Taniya Bhatia who were left out from both the ODIs and T20Is squads.

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