Nicole Bolton: ‘It feels nice to pay back’

The Australian batswoman says she was disappointed for not performing against India in the World Cup last year.

Nicole Bolton celebrates her century against India in the first ODI at the Baroda Cricket Association Stadium in Vadodara on Monday.   -  Vijay Soneji


She scored a hundred on her ODI debut. Four years after making 124 against England at Melbourne, Nicole Bolton made her first ever ODI in India count too. The Australian opener rates her fourth hundred, which came in the first ODI here on Monday, among her best.

“This is pretty special,” she said. “I was determined to play well as I was disappointed with my contribution during our loss to India at the World Cup. It feels nice to pay back.”

Bolton said she enjoyed batting on a pitch, which assisted the bowlers too. “Our spinners got the ball to turn. I think it will turn more in the two matches that will follow here,” she said.

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One of the features of her innings was the way she swept. “I have definitely worked on it,” she said. “I had done it in Sri Lanka too.”

Bolton — who has scored 1,754 ODI runs at an average of 46.15 —

is disappointed to have run Meg Lanning out. “She was really hitting well. When you run out your skipper, you will have to make it up to her,” she added.

Harmanpreet Kaur, who led India in the absence of an unwell Mithali Raj, said there were not enough runs to put pressure on Australia. “Some of our batters got out to bad shots,” she said. “We didn’t bowl according to the field.”