Indian cricket team of women suffered a blow just before the first One Day International (ODI) against South Africa. A key player of the team was retired hurt and ruled out of the series. But the good thing is that the Indian skipper is in high spirits to popularize women’s cricket in India.
Press briefing of Indian skipper Mithali Raj
Captain of Indian women’s cricket team, Mithali Raj, predicted that the ODI series with South Africa would be “very competitive.” She further stressed her point that the women’s cricket matches had to be high scoring in order to popularize women’s cricket. She was addressing the press ahead of the first ODI in Vadodara.
Smriti Mandhana retired hurt
A fracture in her right toe made Smriti Mandhana unfit for playing the series. She was ruled out of the entire series but a final call on her ouster would be taken only after an assessment by physios in NCA. She needs an MRI but that is possible only after the swelling is controlled.
Head coach Woorkeri Raman speak for Smriti Mandhana
The head coach is still uncertain whether Smriti would be able to play but the coach would take a decision only after receiving a detailed medical report from physios. She said that it was difficult to give any timeline for her recovery.
India vs Africa ODIcricket series
The two teams would play a series of three limited over matches starting from October 9. The first match will be played at the Reliance Stadium in Vadodara.