The lack of high quality pace-bowling assist for veteran quick bowler Jhulan Goswami stays a matter of concern for the nation’s ladies’s cricket group, feels former India captain Anjum Chopra
Regarded as one of many best quick bowlers of all time within the ladies’s sport, Jhulan started her journey in worldwide cricket almost twenty years in the past and, at 38, she remains to be going robust however with out sufficient assist from the opposite finish on a constant foundation
“No bowler to complement for Jhulan… that’s been there for a long, long time. That remains a concern for the team to not have a supporting role alongside Jhulan Goswami. Whereas many teams are looking to field three seamers, we are struggling to field two,” Chopra advised PTI throughout an interplay.
“Shikha Pandey was not picked for (the series against) South Africa but went to England (earlier this year). Meghna Singh is there… it’s also about taking those chances for the players.”
The 27-year-old Meghna, a pacer, is certainly one of three uncapped gamers included within the India squad for the continued tour of Australia.
In current instances, the Indian group administration, together with head coach Ramesh Powar and batter Smriti Mandhana, pressured on commonly scoring 250 plus in ODIs, and Chopra stated it won’t occur in a single day.
“A 250-run target doesn’t happen overnight, we need planning, preparation and skill level to get there. It can be 250-plus, 300 or 350. 250 is now a par score as women’s ODI scores have become higher over the past few years,” Chopra stated.
Chopra, who was the face of girls’s cricket in India and performed in six World Cup finals, refused to suppose too far forward when requested about subsequent 12 months’s ODI World Cup.
India are presently touring Australia the place they’re engaged in a collection comprising three ODIs (one already over), three T20Is and a one-off day/night time Test.
“The collection towards Australia has simply begun, there are extra variety of matches to go. World Cup remains to be far forward. It’s anyone’s sport within the World Cup.
“The World Cup is the next big tournament and all the preparation is towards that. You need game time towards enhancing yourself.”
While some believed Virat Kohli would have been higher off quitting white-ball captaincy fully as an alternative of relinquishing the job in solely T20Is, Chopra stated the batting maestro needn’t essentially leap the gun.
“He has mentioned that he wants to focus on Indian captaincy towards the 2023 ODI World Cup. I don’t think he needs to jump the gun. He is 32 now and whatever number of years he has to offer to Indian cricket, he still has a long time.”
It has additionally been felt by many who giving up management obligations could assist him get again his contact with the bat. Kohli has not scored a global hundred since November 2019.
“When someone sets the kind of benchmark that Virat had set complementing his skills level, I think he is allowed that kind of leeway,” she stated.
Asked about Kohli’s current determination to step down from the Indian T20 captaincy after the upcoming World Cup, Chopra stated, “There will all the time come a time for each participant to grasp what’s the format they will barely step away from.
“It’s fairly okay… there have been a lot chatter or loud sound coming that he has not delivered in T20… Anybody can have a slight dip in efficiency.
“He (Kohli) knows a little time off from one of the formats may help him. It’s an individual decision. And as long as Virat Kohli the match winner is there, Indian cricket will only gain.”