With South Africa losing 13 rounds to the Netherlands, it paves the way for India to automatically qualify for the ICC T20 Championship Globalism In the cup semi-final stage on Sunday, veteran cricketer Mithali Raj said Rohit Sharma’s team should not take Zimbabwe lightly in their last Super 12 match at the MCG.
India, with six points, were looking forward to their match against Zimbabwe later on Sunday to qualify for the quarter-finals when the Dutch created the biggest upset of the tournament, defeating Proteas and eliminating them from the T20 World Cup, paving the way for the Dutch national team. A way for Sharma’s side to automatically enter the semi-finals.
But Mithali, the former captain of India’s women’s national team, said no matter which team secures a berth for the quarter-finals, they should be wary of smaller teams like Zimbabwe.
“They (India) cannot take the game against Zimbabwe lightly. We know what they did against Pakistan (they won it in one round) and they had a very close match against Bangladesh, where they went down to the last ball twice,” Mithali said in her ICC column.
“I really feel India She is a favorite when it comes to playing against Zimbabwe but then when you play with smaller teams you have to be careful to keep intensity during the match. If at any point the intensity drops, the opponent will start to beat you and the T20 is fast-paced, there are few chances to recover,” said Mithali, who retired earlier this year after more than two decades of international cricket.
“You still have to play your game, be the best in every match day. I think India was good at playing power with Arshdeep (Singh) in picking up points blocking the match against Bangladesh as the Bangladeshi hitters really got some bowling,” Mithali said. We have a special force.”
She said the match against Zimbabwe was an opportunity for players who had not yet come to the party to find rhythm as the business drew to a close.
“That match (against Zimbabwe) will also be important for these players (to regain) their fitness that has not started shooting yet in this World Cup. Their form is key for India when they reach the semi-finals. You want to settle all loose sides before the semi-finals.”
Among the areas of improvement she pointed out was the patchy shape of the slots Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul and their inability to sew a decent partnership.
“The opening duo need to shoot together because we haven’t yet had a perfect opening partnership, we’ve lost a share in powerplay. I’ve been enjoying watching Rohit’s captain across this World Cup; I think some of his decisions have been great. Some would argue he could have done this better. Better or that, but every captain makes the decisions at the moment, there are a lot of other factors the captain is considering at the time.
“The most important thing is that you need to mobilize your team to achieve that goal and I think they are doing a good job of that, hiccups will happen here and there, especially in a tournament like the World Cup. You could potentially lose a game, but as a captain, it is important to get your team to refocus. On target in hand. Although it has been five months since I retired from cricket, I still feel natural emotions towards the sport from being a player.”