India eves need to work hard in bowling department

Feb 05, 2013, 08:41 IST | Shweta Haranhalli

There are a host of issues that Mithali Raj & Co would have to overcome as India take on spirited Sri Lanka today in a must-win tie to qualify for the Super Six stage of the ICC Women's World Cup

One of the biggest areas of concern is the lack of discipline in the bowling department with as many as 28 wides conceded in the two matches so far. Team
India’s defensive ploy from the outset is also not helping their cause. The opposition was never made to earn their runs.

Medium-pacer Jhulan Goswami

Bowling in the death overs needs immediate attention — as many as 45 runs have been conceded in the batting powerplay and in excess of over 150 runs being scored in the last 16 overs.

It was clear lack of application from India’s top order batswomen Mithali Raj and Punam Raut during their 32-run loss to defending champions England on Sunday. Apart from the century stand between Harmanpreet Kaur and Karuna Jain, the rest failed to stitch decent partnerships. In the process, they also failed to keep the required run-rate under check.

The Indians need to pull up their socks and apply themselves. Planning and executing of plans will be very important. If they want to survive in the tournament, they will have to get a lot of things sorted out.

The writer, a former Mumbai U-19 national championship-winning captain, is now a member of the Mumbai senior women’s team 

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