Mithali Raj's India will face England in the final of Women's World Cup 2017    Getty Images
Mithali Raj’s India will face England in the final of Women’s World Cup 2017 Getty Images

There is a phase in every cricketer s career when they are at the peak of their form and then there is Mithali Raj. The India Women s captain, who is currently preparing with her team for the final of ICC Women s World Cup 2017, has consistently maintained a high scoring rate and that too with a very calm attitude. However, the road was not so smooth and when she was fighting to concentrate on field, it was Atul Gaikwad who helped her out of the phase. Before the Sunday s mega event, Gaikwad threw light on how Mithali, with her own brilliance and Gaikwad s help, came out as one of the most polished cricketers of the modern day cricket. READ: Mithali’s father backs India to win WWC17

The question was never about what Mithali was capable of. It was about just helping her go about what she wanted to do. It’s her hard work paying off, Gaikwad, who also coaches Sachin Tendulkar s son Arjun, told Times of India. “She packed her bags and came over to Pune. We sat down and worked on a list that we needed to go about with. From there, we would head to Chennai, where better facilities were on offer.The World Cup was two years away and she wanted to be ready in time. She had trust in me primarily because I’ve worked closely with the national women’s team in 2005 and 2008.

The certain areas of Mithali s dynamic batting which needed attention were her sweep and pull shots. Apart from that, Gaikwad also helped Mithali find out a way in which she herself could evaluate her game.

Multiple formats lead to multiple demands and she was very well capable of it. What was needed was to step back and look at things from the outside. That is when we decided it was time to switch to domestic cricket.

But the coach feels his work is not done yet.

We can then start working on other aspects. There’s more work to do, Gaikwad concluded and he is confident of Mithali and co. finishing as champions