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Mithali Raj: Was important for seniors to guide debutantes

Mithali Raj might have played her last Test in England © Getty Images
Mithali Raj might have played her last Test in England © Getty Images

Aug 16, 2014

Mithali Raj is one of three members in the current squad, besides Karuna Jain and Jhulan Goswami, who played in India’s last Test in Taunton back in 2006, which also they had won.

“Well, that was a win where we had a lot of senior players and it was a settled side. We had played as a bunch for some years and England team at that time was going through rebuilding phase. It’s different now as England are a settled side and we had eight debutants. It was important for seniors like us to guide them,” she explained.

Having anchored the team with a nice half-century, Mithali was asked if she was battling nerves on the final day and she said “Yes. Initially, I was nervous as you don’t want to lose wickets in the first session. It was important for me and Shikha (Pandey) to stick on. As we inched towards victory, it became a bit easier,” she said.

On a lighter note, Mithali spoke about how important it was to win the toss as they bowled out England for 92 on the first day. “Look, no one gives me credit for winning the toss,” she laughed amidst loud chuckles from teammates. “I am known for losing tosses and this was an important toss to win,” she said.

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