Indian skipper Mithali Raj had mixed feelings after the loss against Australia at the County Ground, Bristol on Wednesday. While on one hand, she regretted the loss against Australia, on the other hand, she did say that she was happy after reaching the milestone of having the most number of runs in Women’s ODI cricket. Raj was also critical about the way the Indian batsman batted in the middle order.
Speaking at the post-match ceremony, she said, “It was a decent total after losing our first wicket in the first couple of overs. We should have got more runs in the middle overs, but it was still a competitive total. But the bowlers didn’t look penetrative, it was a slow wicket. I think that since I’ve had a long career, [the milestone] is part of it. It’s very important for me to get runs for my country from my bat. I can say I’m happy even though I’m not happy in terms of the result or the way I scored them today. Even for New Zealand, probably, it will be a do-or-die match. If we look forward to qualifying, we really need to upgrade our quality of cricket.
Meanwhile, opposition skipper Meg Lanning lauded her bowlers and said that Australia has set their sights firmly on the World Cup. “We realised the wicket was a little slower than what we’ve played on before. We decided to take on the bowling, and we did that pretty well today. We backed the side we played against England. We do have options on the sidelines if we want to go that way. A number of the captains said coming in there would be no easy games. It’s nice that we are there [in the semi-finals]. We’ve come into this World Cup looking to win it, just like every other team. There’s been some very good cricket played, and every game from here on is going to be high-quality”, she said.