The show has not over yet for Team India even though the boys have failed to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy, girls of Indian cricket has set their hopes high in the ICC Women's World Cup, that is to start from 24 June in London. Indian girl's team captain Mithali Raj is confident of India gaining ground in the early stage of the tournament and set their target to semi-finals of the event.
Mithali revealed the importance of the quadrangular Series in South Africa last month and said the team would like to carry forward the same momentum in the International Cricket Council (ICC) event also.
Our first target will be to reach the semi-finals, but for that you need to be able to play good cricket throughout the tournament and have good momentum. For me, the Quadrangular Series was fantastic -- we played very convincingly and as a team we performed really well. We’re looking to produce the same kind of performance over here.”“The conditions there (South Africa) are completely different to what we are facing here in England. We can take a lot of confidence, but we need to start fresh again in the World Cup.Mithali Raj, India Women Cricket team captain
This World Cup will be the eleventh edition and the third to be held in England (after the 1973 and 1993 tournaments). Eight teams qualified to participate in the tournament.
The 34-year-old batswoman also said the bowlers have to pitch in the right areas because the conditions here might play a crucial role.“If you are able to bowl in the right areas, there should be a bit of movement off the wicket, and the weather might play a big role as well, if you are able to adapt,” Mithali said.
Indian eves finished seventh in the previous edition of the World Cup, but this time, Mithali-led India are eyeing the title with a much improved performance.
“The World Cup is a big stage, and that’s four years of preparation. We’re looking forward to it, it’s going to be my fourth World Cup, so I’m looking forward to some good games,” Mithali said.