India have already clinched the series with win in first 2 ODI's    Getty Images
India have already clinched the series with win in first 2 ODI’s Getty Images

Brimming with confidence, Mithali Raj and her Indian Eves will get ready to face the ladies from West Indies for the last time in the ongoing tour. The second One-Day International (ODI) has already sealed the deal for the hosts side, which leaves West Indies with only a last battle of pride in the series. This will be their second consecutive defeat in a series since the ICC Women’s World T20 2016 as they are coming from one against England. West Indies, who were the champions in the ICC gala, will now have only one match to bounce back and enter the upcoming Twenty20 International (T20I) series with India on a positive note. READ: India vs West Indies, 3rd Women’s ODI Preview and Predictions: Indian Eves aim for 3-0 clean sweep

Talking about the same, the Indian women s team skipper Mithali Raj recently spoke with BCCI.Tv about how crucial the final ODI is for Team India. She was quoted saying as, I would definitely want India to win in tomorrow s game and have a clean sweep in the One-Day International (ODI) series, because it s a huge thing to win a home series and that too against the West Indies side and it will also give a lot of boost to the team and the players before w e embark into the World Cup qualifiers, considering that we couldn t get another international series against Pakistan. So it is very important that we don t let it go as we are already 2-0 up. We should make it 3-0.

“I assume that the West Indian side needs 2 more points to qualify directly into the World Cup, so they will definitely come very hard tomorrow as it will the last game. But we will have to make sure that we don t give them those two points and we will have to work harder in the last game because this is an international cricket platform and no team would want to give away the 2 vital points easily. So this is certainly going to be a tough contest.

Talking about Dipti Sharma who was the match winner for India in the second ODI, Mithali said, I think she is very young player and all she needs to be told is where to bowl and how to place her innings, She is a very good learner. These are the matches where if you give them the opportunity, it will boost their confidence and since the total wasn t big where the pressure might have added up on a youngster, but I think it had eased her out. So it is important that she gains confidence and try to improve with every gamer and eventually we can see more of Dipti Sharma as a perfect all-rounder.

There has been lot said about the team being too much dependent on Mithali as a player. Talking about the same, she said, I feel that there are two sides to it. The first is that it feels nice to know that the whole team depends on you while the flip side is that me as a player never had the window to explore my options and improve as a player, but when you are playing for India, you have to keep aside your personal ambitions and in the recent times, I have tried to groom the players who have come along with me to bat, so tomorrow when I look up to them to support me in crucial matches, they don t let me down.