Indian star batter Smriti Mandhana said it was important from the team’s perspective that Harmanpreet Kaur saw form in front of the Women’s World Championships and that a struggling bowling alley needed to build on her performance in the fifth ODI to New Zealand on Thursday ( February 24). .
Mandhana, who missed the first three ODIs due to relegation questions, hit 71 and skipper Mithali Raj did not win in 57 days. and Meghna) Singh are the other two).
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Mandhana revealed that he later joined the team in New Zealand due to “personal problems” and that was why he completed the MIQ much later after the rest of the team. The ball proved to be the weakest link in the Indian series losing 1-4 with 270 unbeaten visitors. On Thursday, it was another impressive batting performance as India chased down the field at 46 overs.
“We need a good foundation to chase 250 and that is what we are looking for. First batting, we get good scores around 250. Of course we do not get achievements. It is what we are working on, protection overall. “We’ll be fine. That’s the issue at camp and I’m sure it will happen in the World Cup,” Southpaw said.
India open their World Cup campaign against Pakistan on March 6. Speaking on the return of Harmanpreet to grow, Mandhana said: “It is very important for the team, it is good to see that you are playing all those shots. playing. see that from the other end. For a team going into the World Cup, it is very important that we both score and be confident with all the other batters, ”he said.
Mandhana, who did not discuss cricket with Harmanpreet on why while struggling for the runs, said the mood in the camps was positive despite five losses in a row with one off the T20. “I think all the girls were really disconnected from the outside noise. Everyone was really excited when we joined the team later. They were all excited to go out and work hard. This victory will give us a boost.” he added.
Left-handed also said that Jhulan Goswami’s first acquisition did not make all the games as part of the performance load control. “We need new verses to go into the World Cup,” Mandhana said.
“The bowls are amazing today. Bowled like for a program. Good to see. Overall in the series, it has been a tough place to bowl in, flat wickets and good outdoor. It takes time more for them to think how to bowl in. these conditions. The bowling partnerships were amazing today, especially between 20-40 overs, something we were lacking, “said Mandhana.
Fielding coach Shubhodeep Ghosh added that the players could do better with the execution of making the outings but praised them for the significant improvement from one to five games. “To be honest, we arrived here, we didn’t take any camp before. The first thing was to adjust to the conditions. In the first game and today, we made great progress. We took some good catches but one concern could be. Execution of exits, ”he said.