India captain Mithali Raj opens up on reading habit before going out to bat

first_imgThe weather conditions in Taunton didn’t allow the Indian women’s cricket team to have an outdoor net session on Wednesday but that isn’t something which India captain Mithali Raj is going to worry about too much.India are gearing up to face Stephanie Taylor’s West Indies side on Thursday and are the overwhelming favourites after their emphatic 35-run victory over hosts England in the first game.India displayed a swagger and quick moves on the field in the first match that make them look ominous now with Mithali leading by example. The 34-year-old has also earned the nickname of Captain Cool after she was seen reading a book right before going out to bat against the Windies and smashed 71 runs off 73 balls.It was her seventh consecutive half-century in ODI cricket, a record which no other player in women’s cricket has managed so far. She has been unbeaten in six of those innings.Mithali then went on to reveal that it wasn’t the first time she has read a book before going out to bat and it is a habit that she has.”It’s a habit and I read a lot. I do that even before going out to bat and it’s just not in international games but also in domestic cricket as well. That’s what I was doing, it’s just that the matches are being televised now so the people got to know about it,” Mithali said in an interview with [email protected] captain #MithaliRaj discusses her side’s start to #WWC17 and tomorrow’s game against @windieswomen. Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 28, 2017Talking about the team’s upcoming match and the training session which happened indoors due to the weather, Mithali said,”We could get the outdoor facilities but we did some knocks and the bowlers did a bit of bowling in the indoor nets.”The first game has built a good momentum for us in the tournament but we do understand that we have to play a few more games before we qualify for the semi-finals. The next game is equally important.”Unlike India, the West Indies didn’t get off to a good start in the tournament losing against Australia in the first match. But Mithali is wary of the Windies’ strong batting lineup and says her players have to make sure that complacency doesn’t creep into them.”West Indies usually in the World Cups they start very slow. But they have some very good players and they do have a good batting lineup.It’s important for us to see it as another game and we can’t afford to get complacent after our first win. It’s important for us to win this game and keep ourselves in the hunt for a berth in the semis,” Mithali added.In the head to head records, India have a 5-0 advantage over the West Indies in World Cup ODIs over a stretch of two decades — 1993 to 2013.last_img read more

‘I wanted to play against Neymar’ – Balotelli

first_imgNeymar ‘I wish Neymar was playing’ – Balotelli wanted to face PSG ace Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 18:57 10/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar PSG Paris Saint-Germain Getty Images Neymar Mario Balotelli PSG v Nice Sweden v Italy Italy v Sweden Nice PSG Sweden Italy Ligue 1 WC Qualification Europe The striker wanted the opportunity to tackle the Brazil ace at the weekend and says his side have the capacity to cause an upset Mario Balotelli is disappointed he will not have the chance to go head-to-head with Neymar when Paris Saint-Germain host Nice in Ligue 1 on Friday.Nice have endured a poor start to the Ligue 1 campaign and are aiming to break a run of three consecutive top-flight defeats at Parc des Princes.Nice 33/1 to win EL with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Unai Emery’s league leaders will be without Neymar after the Brazil international was sent off during last weekend’s heated 2-2 draw at Marseille.Balotelli has been in impressive goalscoring form this term, with eight in 11 appearances across all competitions, and the enigmatic Italian striker is not giving up hope that his team-mates can spring a surprise.”Of course it’s possible [to win at PSG],” he told Nice Martin . “It’s difficult but feasible.”I wanted to play against Neymar, personally. I wish he were in the game.”15 – Mario Balotelli has scored 15 goals in Ligue 1 2016/17, his record in a single league season (in the European Top 5). Rebirth. — OptaJean (@OptaJean) May 7, 2017 Balotelli’s form has led to calls in some quarters for him to earn an international recall for Italy’s World Cup play-off against Sweden next month.A report by Gazzetta dello Sport suggested Italy boss Gian Piero Ventura is not ready to take the plunge and hand the 27-year-old his first action for the Azzurri since the 2014 World Cup and Balotelli is relaxed about the situation.”If the national coach wants to call me up, I’m ready,” he added. “If he doesn’t want to call me up, I’ll always support the national team.”last_img read more