Indian women aim to stem the decay of three successive white ball defeats by turning the tide in the T20 International final against England on Wednesday, but Smriti Mandhana is more concerned with the indifferent performances of the team at batting in 50-over format.
In their last eight WODIs, the Indian women have lost six-four to South Africa at home and two to England. While captain Mithali Raj one day scored three half centuries in three games, only one won and in the other two her slowness at bat was wasted.
“We have to work on a lot of things, especially in the batting department. Going forward, the next seven months will be really crucial, ”Mandhana said at a virtual press conference here, ahead of next year’s ODI World Cup in New Zealand.
“We have to start making good scores. If I’m talking about the ODI format, we need to start showing scores from 250 to 260 and up consistently starting with the stick, that’s something we need to work on, ”said the elegant left-handed hitter.
“And of course our bowling and our fielding can become consistent. We’re probably performing well (away) and we’re getting good so I think we can be consistent in this department as well. “
India reached the WODI World Cup final in 2017 but missed nine points against England, choking under pressure in a 228 chase at the Lord’s.
Mandhana said the Australian series will be crucial in tightening up details ahead of the World Cup slated for March-April.
The Indian Women’s Cricket Team is scheduled to play against the Australian Women’s Cricket Team in September-October 2021, where they will play three ODIs, three T20Is and their first-ever pink day / night ball test.
“The next seven months will be very crucial in preparing for the World Cup (in New Zealand). Of course, the Australian series will also be important in terms of preparation for the World Cup. “
Mandhana was speaking to reporters on the eve of their series-maker in the Three-T20I series which will mark the end of their month-long tour of England.
India led by Harmanpreet Kaur rolled into a brilliant bowling alley and played to the death to beat England by eight points to keep the streak alive.
Chasing 149, England lost six wickets for 31 races in the space of 5.4 overs, including three outings in the second T20I at Hove.
“The way we’ve come back over the last five overs, it showed the character of our bowlers and defensive players. This confidence is really going to help us give ourselves 100% to win the game tomorrow. But it will be a new day. The victory puts us in a position to design the multi-format series, ”she said.
England lead 8-6 in the multi-format series.
She also credited head coach Ramesh Powar for making a positive impact, especially with the bowling unit.
“He had a big impact, especially on the bowling unit. Ramesh sir helped us a lot in the way we came back and the character we showed.
Mandhana further expressed concern that she and the talented Shafali Verma were unable to convert their departures.
“For about two years now, I have opened with it in T20 format. It’s really exciting to open with it in all three formats. We know each other, have conversations. It really helps especially in T20 format. But we have to work on how to continue until 15-16.
“We had discussions about middlemen and death and how we can improve. Losing too many wickets at once interrupts the pace and puts pressure on new hitters. This has also happened in previous formats. We all understood our mistakes and hope to correct them, ”she said.
Mandhana praised experienced all-rounder Sneh Rana, who was a revelation in her comeback streak.
“Sneh’s return has been very inspiring for all of us. I was on the team when she was a member three or four years ago. To see it come back like this in all three formats is really commendable. His addition is going to add a lot of balance at the bat, especially with his powerful hitting abilities.
She also praised 17-year-old Richa Ghosh, who impressed a lot after being asked to don the wicket goalkeeper gloves in the T20I series.
“She has improved tremendously in her outfit. The way she worked hard for her guard is reflected in her game. She takes the gloves for us in the long run can be helpful for the wetsuit and balance of our team, ”she said.
Mithali Raj, test and ODI skipper, as well as medium pace veteran Jhulan Goswami, who stayed behind for the T20I stage, were seen cheering the team on from the sideline.
“They have a big impact in the locker room and bring a sense of calm whenever they’re around. They get something different with their experience. They really boosted our confidence, ”she said.