Impressed with Jemimah, Mithali calls for youth power

Mithali Raj believes more young players in the pool will help women’s cricket in the long run.

Mithali Raj said the team used to struggle to have a strong bench, though that has now changed with the India A matches.   -  THE HINDU PHOTO ARCHIVES

 

India may have found a new, young opening pair in Jemimah Rodrigues and Smriti Mandhani that could serve it for over the next few seasons, but skipper Mithali Raj feels there has to be a larger pool of young players.

“They gave us a very good start, our first hundred-run partnership in the series, and Jemimah looked very positive,” she said. “We see a big future for her. But we need more young players. We used to struggle to have a strong bench, though that has now changed with the India A matches she said.”

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Looking back at the series, she said the depth of the Australian batting was one big difference. “One of their openers contributed in every game, but the top-order otherwise hadn’t pitched in,” she said. “Their lower middle-order batted well and took advantage of the PowerPlay, which we couldn’t as we lacked big hitters.”

Alyssa Healy, who hit several lusty blows for Australia on her way to a match-winning hundred, said her team was really proud of the 3-0 victory and was looking ahead at the Twenty20 tri-series featuring India, England and Australia, starting in Mumbai on March 22.

“It is going to be a really exciting one, as some of the best T20 players in the world are playing in it,” she said. “We are hoping to get away with few more wins, but it is going to be a tough contest.”