Indian women’s team captain Mithali Raj on Saturday answered questions about strike rate (batsman’s run-scoring speed) with the bat in the third ODI against England, saying that after playing for such a long time, she needs to talk to people. No proof needed. Mithali’s unbeaten 75 off 86 balls helped India beat England by four wickets in the third and final ODI of the series. During this innings, Mithali also became the highest run-scorer in all formats of women’s cricket.
don’t play to please people
In the post-match virtual press conference, when asked about the criticism being made about his strike rate, he said, ‘I have read about the criticism being made about the strike rate. I have said on this before that I do not need proof from people. I have been playing for a long time and I know I have a special responsibility in the team. My aim is not to please people. I have come here to play the role assigned to me by the team management. When you are chasing, you rely on your own strong side apart from picking the bowlers to score runs.
Still hungry for runs
Mithali said her hunger to score runs is still the same as it used to be 22 years ago and she is looking to take her batting to new heights for the ODI World Cup to be held in New Zealand next year. Mithali, who made her international debut against Ireland in Milton Cayenne on 26 June 1999, retired from T20 cricket in 2019 itself and has already indicated that she will be playing in New Zealand between March 4 and April 3, 2022. The upcoming Women’s World Cup will be her last tournament.
Powar said – Mithali won on her own
The 38-year-old Mithali Raj is a mentor to other players as she plays her part in the batting line-up. Coach Ramesh Powar praised him, saying, ‘I think he won today’s match on his own. Achieving the target of 220 runs on a low bouncy pitch was not easy, but she came back to lead the team to victory. The former Indian spinner also praised veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami and all-rounder Sneh Rana.
India lost the series by 1-2
In the third and final ODI against England, captain Mithali Raj’s brilliant batting helped the Indian team get its first victory. India were in danger of being wiped out after losing both the matches in the first of the three-match series, but Mithali scored an unbeaten 75 to give the team a memorable victory. In this rain-affected 47 overs match, England were all out for 219 runs. Mithali’s brilliant batting followed by opener Smriti Mandhana’s 49-run knock as India registered a four-wicket win with three balls to spare.
(with input from agency)