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India skipper says that mental fitness is massive at a world cup

Former India skipper Mithali Raj has stressed the need to be in a good mental space heading into a World Cup.

Mental fitness is massive at a world cup

Raj conceded that Australia are the big favourites heading into the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 in South Africa.

“The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 will get underway soon and while most of the preparation has already been done, the challenge will be to ensure the players are ready mentally.

“For an event like this, you have to do so much work on the mental side. It is so important to be in a very good mental space. The clearer and more composed you are, the more natural your performances will be and your cricket will start to flow.

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“Going into the tournament in South Africa, I think everyone would agree that Australia are the favourites, and deservedly so. I am expecting, tight, competitive matches.

“They are so difficult to beat because they bat deep and have an excellent batting line-up. There are not many teams who can rival them in terms of big hitters, and the fact they have numerous players who can play a similar role means that if one fails, others can step in.

“We saw recently that when they toured India although that was a very competitive series but when it came down to it, more often than not, it was Australia who came out on top.

“Having said that, while Australia are definitely favourites, we have seen India and England play some of their best cricket in the knockout stages of tournaments so I would not write them off. India also have the knack of bringing their best against Australia.”

India have a chance in South Africa

India’s chances will be largely dependent on the top order according to Raj.

“Smriti Mandhana is playing well and is a match winner,” Raj added. 

“Harmanpreet Kaur has looked in good form too but we have to beat Australia and England you need others batters to come to the party.

India batter Harmanpreet Kaur. Photo: AFP

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