When India will face South Africa in the opening round of the ODI series in Lucknow on Sunday, they will take the field after a 364-day gap in international cricket.Meanwhile, South Africa Two complete limited over series -Three ODIs for Pakistan and the same number of T20Is each-during this period. Mitaly LargeThe Indian ODI captain, 85 away from 10,000 runs in international cricket, will himself become the Indian color after 487 days. At the next ODI World Cup 12 months later, 38-year-old Raj hopes that both her and the team will be able to enter the “rhythm” fast enough to challenge South Africa. They are facing more times It’s more than any other opponent since the 2017 ODI World Cup.
“I’m training as before any other international series, but I’m looking forward to winning more runs. I took the rhythm in the last series of 2019. Same here. I want to do that, “the ODI side said at a virtual press conference on the eve of the first ODI in Lucknow.
South Africa, who has runner-up in that edition since the 2017 Over 50 World Cup in six games between two teams in a two-game bilateral series, will be the semi-finalist of the tournament. I lost only once. However, South Africa has the advantage of longer match times since the 2020 T20 World Cup last March. Domestic T20 tournament During December Following Covid-19’s cancellation of the national team’s England tour..In contrast, Indian cricket players November 4 Match Women’s T20 Challenge As the only opportunity to play some of the most competitive cricket in the last year.
“Girlfriend [Shafali Verma] Definitely in the planning of things, she’s on the radar [for an ODI debut].. You have to put up with it a little. I’ll see her soon. “
Indian ODI Captain Mithali Raj about Verma’s absence from the ODI team
Raj believes that India’s preparations for the series will include three training sessions in Lucknow over a four-day period after completion. 5 days quarantine March 2nd-will hold them firmly.
“Obviously they spent the time of the match, but we’re playing after the gap. We definitely put in the effort, trained ourselves, and had these short camps, a four-day session here. I said I had it, “Raji said. “It doesn’t look rusty. It’s time to start the World Cup campaign and start playing cricket, so the girls are clearly very excited to get out on the field and start their best performances. And I think you are. .
“The girls were training in their respective places before coming here. During the blockade, we all kept in touch via Zoom and other apps and continued our daily lives. Staff It makes no difference in that sense. It was a long gap, so a lot went to the mental setup.
From the beginning of 2017 to November 6, 2019 India last played the format, They won more than 240 runs only 9 out of 22 instances during their first batting. Among the top eight ODI teams, India has the fifth best aggregate in this regard, with South Africa at the top.
Large said India aims to make about 250 runs when it first batting on the Ekana pitch, but the home team’s priority in the first match is to regain lost momentum.
“Obviously, 15 months later, coming back to the day, we look forward to developing rhythm, momentum first,” Raj said. “If it’s a good batting track, we’re definitely looking forward to around 240-250. That’s what we can start aiming for. But if we can get a good start, you I know …
“But again, it all depends on how you take the ticket gate, which is the first game. But as it is today, girls seem to be very confident. We We had some very good sessions, so obviously I’m a very confident unit to take the field tomorrow.
South African allocation First time since July 2015When they confront New Zealand at home, India will play five ODIs in a bilateral series. Large said the length of the series could protect four uncapped players (the batter on the left). Yastica Batia, Leg Spin Bowling All Rounder C Prachusha, Left arm medium pacer Monica Patel, And ticket gate keeper Sweta Bama -The ODI team of 17 members has been named.
“”[I am] definitely [considering the possibility of trying them out], Because it is 5 ODI series. There are some young players on the side. As captains, we want to give them the opportunity to show their talents, so yes, we are absolutely looking forward to giving them the opportunity with these five ODIs. “
She is also 17 years old Shafari Vama, The batter with the most runs (163) and the highest strike rate (158) among the batters with more than 50 runs across the 2020 T20 World Cup team. Selected only for T20I against South AfricaDebut in 50 overformat may not be too far away.
“She’s definitely in the planning of things, she’s on the radar. We need a little patience and we’ll see her soon,” Raj laughed.
Additional statistical input by SampathBandarupalli
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