Indian women’s ODI team skipper Mithali Raj has stated that her side has already begun preparations for the ICC World Cup, scheduled to take place next year in New Zealand. However, she also said that winning the much-awaited limited-overs series against England will be their target as of now.
India and England are set to lock horns in the three-match ODI and T20I series, starting from today at Bristol. The Mithali Raj-led had also successfully drawn the historic Test match against the English eves earlier this month. During a pre-series virtual press conference, Raj talked about whether India’s preparations for the WC in New Zealand will begin from the England series as the two countries have somewhat similar conditions.
“New Zealand is windier than England. I wouldn’t say similar conditions, but more or less, the wickets there are far better. The last time we played there, it was a good one-day series. Our preparation has already started, when we get into a series we always look to win. We always consider game plans/combinations in the run-up to the World Cup, but it’s important to win a game/series. The last series was not very good for the team, as captain I want the team to get back to winning ways,” Mithali Raj said while responding to a question during the press conference.
‘Team must have a more positive approach in England’: Raj
The 38-year-old also talked about the impact of the recent home series defeat against South Africa on the England tour. She further added that the team needs to have a strong mindset and a more positive approach against Heather Knight’s side.
“The biggest thing we’d want the team to do well is to have a strong mindset. Yes, we lost the home series, but the conditions are very different. So we can’t have the same approach. Yes, we have to have a more positive approach. Right now, whatever strategies we have tried to work in our training session is something we want to carry into the match and be consistent,” she concluded.