Indian Women’s international ODI skipper, Mithali Raj gives all credit to the ICC Women’s Championship which narrows down the gap between two oppositions cricketing performances. Indian Women team are on its tour to Sri-Lanka where the team will be engaged in three ODIs, and five T-20Is and the tour will start from Galle on 11 September.
Indian captain Mithali is convinced with the Sri-Lanka performance that they will look on their best which shows the minimised gap between the two nations. India team are on number four on the ICC Women’s Team Rankings, and Sri-Lanka are on eight, but Mithali said Sri-Lanka already covered the difference off the table and on the field.
“We have seen Sri Lanka in the World Cup, in the Asia Cup and I should admit that its a team that has grown from year to year. Now the gap between the top and the bottom teams is narrowing because of the ICC Women's Championship.”
A big statement from the Indian legend Mithali Raj, she took the example of Sri-Lankan captain Chamari Athapaththu to show that how this country has developed their skills of cricket.
Athapaththu scored 178* against Australia in the ICC Women’s World cup 2017, England which was a blinder of a game after that she was signed by the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League last year to become the first female Sri-Lanka cricketer to perform in Big Bash.
“You do have a player, who is representing Sri Lanka in the Big Bash League which shows that you have a solid team, but India is very positive about our performance on the field.”
According to Mithali’s statement, Sri-Lanka would be a game changer in the upcoming ICC Women’s World Cup 2018.
The Indian team will lock horn at the Galle on 11 September and second and third ODI will be played on 13 & 16 September while they will play five T20I’s on 19, 21, 22, 24 and 25 September.