Indian women will bank on spinners in World Cup, says Mithali

first_imgMumbai, Jun 10 (PTI) Indian womens teams skipper, Mithali Raj, said today that the team would be banking on its spinners in the ICC World Cup, starting later this month, even though the event is being played in England and Wales and her team is armed with three medium pacers.”Honestly everybody prefers to have extra fast bowlers in the side. But India have always banked on spinners, irrespective of the wicket. Whether in Australia, South Africa (or elsewhere), spinners have done exceptionally well. The three fast bowlers have also been doing well in the past two series,” Mithali told reporters here on the eve of the teams departure.ICC Womens World Cup 2017 will held in England & Wales from June 24 – July 23.The first aim of the team, which has practised here in the Bandra-Kurla Complex of the Mumbai Cricket Association, in its quest to lift the Cup is to reach the semi-finals, said Mithali, who is the main batter.”We definitely want to win the World Cup. It is a great platform to show the kind of cricket the girls have been playing for the past couple of years,” said 34-year-old Mithali.”The format is different this time in this edition. Its a league cum knock out and is a long tour. I want the girls to take it one match at a time. Our first step would be to get into the semis,” said Mithali who, along with all rounder Jhulan Goswami (34), is the most experienced of the lot.advertisement”We are experienced players and we share our experience with the players. Now that it is the World Cup, a few seniors are aware of the pressure. We can be there for the juniors during the pressure situations. As senior players we can be around them,” she said.Rains have affected the conduct of the ongoing ICC mens Champions Trophy in England and could play spoil sport in the womens World Cup too.Asked about the weather being a factor, Mithali said in such situations the toss could become crucial.”Weather is definitely an important factor in English conditions. We will see and analyse weather report on a particular match day, whether there are chances of rain or not and accordingly chalk out team plan. Its early summer there and chances of rain are very much there, so toss is going to play a very important role.”We will see how we shuffle our batting order. And wickets are also important. But I am not able to say right now how we are going to prepare in those conditions. We already have witnessed (in the mens Champions Trophy) how teams are posting 300-plus targets in good sunlight conditions. We will also hope to get such days for our matches,” she said.Teams coach Tushar Arothe expressed happiness at the preparation of the unit and was of the opinion that the fielding has improved.”When I took over as a fielding coach in 2009 we started doing fielding drills regularly. Over a period of time they have improved. Against Bangladesh we won a couple of matches with our good fielding. Similarly in South Africa we took some brilliant catches as well as earned some wickets through run-outs. So I am hoping we will do well (in fielding) in the World Cup too”.The team will reach UK one week prior to the official warm-up matches. They will train at Loughborough MCC University and play a practise match against England women on June 13 before heading to Derbyshire for a camp.The team will be based in Derby and play two warm-up games against New Zealand (June 19) and Sri Lanka (June 21).Squad: Mithali Raj (Captain), Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Mona Meshram, Punam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Ekta Bisht, Sushma Verma, Mansi Joshi, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Nuzhat Parveen, Smriti Mandhana. PTI NRB SSR NRBlast_img read more

Isco: I’m not speaking to Ronaldo again!

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Isco: I’m not speaking to Ronaldo again after hat-trick against Spain! Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 23:32 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Cristiano Ronaldo Isco Portugal Spain World Cup 2018 Getty Cristiano Ronaldo Isco Iran v Spain Spain Iran Portugal Real Madrid World Cup The Portugal superstar bagged the match ball in a thrilling World Cup encounter, with his efforts frustrating a number of Real Madrid colleagues Isco has claimed that he is “not going to speak to Cristiano Ronaldo again” after seeing his Real Madrid team-mate net a hat-trick for Portugal against Spain at World Cup 2018.An Iberian derby on Russia soil was expected to produce fireworks, and it did not disappoint as a topsy-turvy encounter swung one way and then the other – with a familiar figure having the final word.Ronaldo proved to be a thorn in the side of a number of club colleagues as he recorded the 51st treble of his remarkable career, with a stunning late free-kick bagging him the match ball. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Spain were fully aware of the threat posed by a five-time Ballon d’Or winner but they were still unable to contain him, much to the disappointment of Isco.A man who has won a number of major honours alongside Ronaldo at the Santiago Bernabeu joked to Cadena SER when asked about the exploits of his close friend who is now a fierce rival: “Don’t talk to me about Cristiano!“I’m not going to speak to him again after what he did the other day.“He doesn’t have a high strike rate [from free-kicks], but when he has his day… his first two goals gave him confidence and got him looking for his hat trick.”Having been held in their opening encounter, much-fancied Spain have plenty to do in order to reach the knockout stage.Their next Group B fixture will see them face Iran on Wednesday, with Isco adamant that belief inside the camp remains high despite the untimely sacking of coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the finals.He added: “It’s true that it was a complicated situation for us to be in, but the hope and belief the squad has is way beyond any setback.“I think we showed great maturity to deal with what happened and we realise that the most important thing of all is that we are here at the tournament.“It’s a nice challenge for us to confront and we have to give everything we’ve got to put any issues behind us; we have to pull together and take this forward, like we did against Portugal.”Isco SpainIsco did not find the target in a 3-3 draw with Portugal, but he did strike the crossbar with one fierce drive and caught the eye with his neat footwork and tidy build up play.Pressed on whether he could be a contender to claim the Golden Ball in Russia, the 26-year-old playmaker said: “We’re still at the start and it’s not something I have in mind. The team comes first.“If the team does well and we go far then it’s easier to be considered for those kinds of individual awards.”last_img read more