Mithali Raj: Ups and downs part of T20 format

"The ups and downs are part of this format. I guess, in these three (Women's World Twenty20) games, the batting unit was not well co-ordinated," Mithali Raj, the India captain, said after her team bowed out of the tournament with a three-run loss.

Mithali Raj praised India's bowling unit as it helped the team rescue in contests marked by relative failures from its batting and fielding units.   -  K. Murali Kumar

India captain Mithali Raj attributed India's inconsistent showing in the ongoing Women's World Twenty20 to the capriciousness of the Twenty20 format after her team exited the tournament with a three-run loss to West Indies in Mohali.

> West Indies through to semis after three-run win over India.

“Maybe, this tournament wasn’t as great as expected, but in [the] T20 format, you can’t really be very consistent. The ups and downs are part of this format. I guess, in these three games, the batting unit was not well co-ordinated,” Mithali said at the post-match press conference.

The Hyderabad girl blamed it on poor fielding at crucial junctures. “As a fielding unit, we were inconsistent, I would say because at crucial times when I thought we were squeezing them for runs, we let those slip-ups,” she said.

She however did agree that most of the batsmen failed to play a significant knock, scoring in 20s. “Some stood up scoring those 20s, but we didn’t have somebody who could take the team along. That is something we need to work on. Though we could not make it to the semifinal, the way the last three games have gone, each time there were challenges, they (bowlers) got the team back in the game,” she said.

Experiences in this tournament will give youngsters in her team valuable lessons to take, she said, especially the ability to cope with pressure. “I am sure with these experiences, in the coming games and tournaments, we will be able to handle the pressure better. In events like World Cup, there will be always be pressure and the girls need to accept that."