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Mithali Raj opened the batting for the first time in the ICC World Women’s T20 2014 © Getty Images


Apr 22, 2014


Mithali Raj, the captain of the Indian Women’s team, said she is looking forward to the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 and hopes that the local Indian players will make an impression this season.


“With foreign players in the side, local players get overshadowed. I want to see the local players make an impression this season. Additionally, it will be interesting to see how the players adapt to the climatic conditions across two countries,” Mithali was quoted as saying by Royal Challengers Bangalore’s offical website.


She also added that she admires the way South African cricketer AB de Villiers plays Twenty20 (T20) cricket.


“As a player I really like him. From the very first ball he plays such different strokes. He plays so much with the crease leaving the opposition wondering where he’s going to move.”


“No other player has such innovative shots. It is so entertaining to see him batting! His stroke work seems so easy on TV but I’m sure he has worked for hours to master every stroke. I wonder when I will get to play such strokes!”


In the recently concluded ICC Women’s World T20 2014 in Bangladesh, India didn’t perform very well but she hopes the Indian Women’s team will perform better in the coming events.


“The T20 tournament was a crucial step for me personally as it was the first time I opened the batting. I am happy with my personal performance as a batsman but not very happy with the team’s performance as a captain.”


“We were late bloomers in the tournament as there were several changes in the side and many girls were playing at the World Cup for the first time. That said, the young girls will be able to take a lot of experience back home and come back better equipped next T20.”


She believes the IPL for Women’s cricket will be a viable idea only after a year or two, once people know more about women’s cricket and the players involved in it.


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