Mithali Raj Says 2022 World Cup Will Be “My Swansong”

Indian ladies’s ODI captain Mithali Raj on Saturday indicated that the 2022 50-over World Cup in New Zealand shall be her “swansong” after 23 illustrious years in worldwide cricket. The 38-year-old Mithali, arguably, the best girl cricketer that India has ever produced, additionally mentioned that she is severely on the lookout for some good seam bowling choices for the vigorous New Zealand tracks that shall be on provide subsequent 12 months.

“It has been 21 years of worldwide cricket and I do know 2022 is my swansong, The World Cup,” Mithali mentioned throughout a digital guide launch.

“The final 12 months is the same as the 20 years of my worldwide cricket,” she added.

Mithali, the one ladies batter with 7000 plus ODI runs, additionally spoke about how she needed to maintain herself motivated throughout the COVID-19 occasions which additionally pushed the worldwide occasion by one 12 months.

“I do know we’re in tough occasions but it surely takes quite a bit out of me to maintain engaged on my health. I’m not getting any youthful, actually I get older and I do know the significance of health,” MIthali mentioned.

“The significance of being in an excellent emotional and psychological set-up, understanding that there shall be only a few excursions earlier than the World Cup.”

Indian ladies are set to play 4 bilateral sequence — away excursions in England, Australia and New Zealand and a house sequence in opposition to West Indies sandwiched in between.

“Each tour (any further) is vital for me as a batter as to how I’m going to get the group to regroup and construct a group for the World Cup,” she mentioned.

“Yeah, I’m very optimistic wanting on the ladies and within the method they’ve been working with no matter services they’ve in these occasions and focus and enthusiasm {that a} sequence is arising.”

She admitted that quick bowling is one space that the group wants to enhance upon and construct a pool wanting on the future as Jhulan Goswami additionally hits the enterprise finish of her profession.

“We undoubtedly want to take a look at a couple of gamers and put together them for New Zealand, so yeah.”

Mithali additionally bought some phrases of recommendation from the legendary Sunil Gavaskar, who was a co-panellist throughout the dialogue.

Gavaskar feels that Mithali and her bunch might take a leaf out of Virat Kohli’s playbook of opponent’s eyes and giving it again with out getting intimidated.


“I used to be with my spouse at Lord’s watching the 2017 Ladies ODI World Cup remaining. What I noticed was that English ladies got here exhausting at your decrease order and intimidated them with their perspective,” Gavaskar mentioned.

“I might need the women to glare again on the opposition as a substitute of wanting down. I really feel physique language is a vital facet. Have a look at Virat Kohli, he stares at opposition and the remainder of the group does that.”

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