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  Life   More Features  01 Mar 2020  Batting for Team India

Batting for Team India

THE ASIAN AGE. | BIPIN DANI
Published : Mar 1, 2020, 1:54 am IST
Updated : Mar 1, 2020, 1:54 am IST

Shefali makes batting and scoring those big shots look so easy, says Nilima Joglekar.

It’s not only astrologers, who are predicting India’s T-20 World Cup win, even former cricketers are also sending in their wishes and optimistic assurances. (Photo Credit: AFP)
 It’s not only astrologers, who are predicting India’s T-20 World Cup win, even former cricketers are also sending in their wishes and optimistic assurances. (Photo Credit: AFP)

“Team India is looking good now. Shefali makes batting and scoring those big shots look so easy. Now is going beyond the power play which is a good sign. Smriti should go at her own pace, Jemima is running well between the wickets and scoring at a brisk pace, Veda and Harman need to fire for India to do well. The bowlers are doing a very good job too. It’s good to see Shikha, Poonam and Rajeshwari bowling well, some of them though a little expensive because most of the runs scored mainly towards mid-wicket to long on and long off. Batters could get more runs square of the wicket and use of horizontal bat will be effective. Taniya Bhatia is so good behind the wickets because of which the team is looking very good. I think Radha is a good inclusion, too. Play your heart out, girls.”

— Former India women’s captain Nilima Joglekar (also known as Nilima Barve), who has played five Tests and twenty ODIs

 

“Shaifali and Smriti have been playing really well. The pitches in Australia are not favouring batters and team is able to score only about 135–140 runs. Chances for our team to win the T-20 World Cup are bright.”

— Ashwini Kumar, who played Ranji Trophy with Kapil Dev, Chetan Sharma, Ashok Malhotra, etc. and now runs a cricket academy in Rohtak

“It’s not wrong if we say that Mahri chori choro se kam hai ke. Well, a well-trained and practiced team will surely wave our flag in T20 world cup undoubtedly. Coming to Shafali Verma, who is a well known face of our team, is marvellous attacker from her childhood and this attacking power of hers has made a winning platform for our team.

 

— Sunil Vats, Shafali’s childhood coach

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