Indian women’s team skipper Mithali Raj has said that the team’s first aim is to reach the semi-finals of the upcoming T20 World Cup starting from 15th March.
“Our first aim is to qualify for the semifinals, but we will treat all group matches on par with the knockout matches,” Mithali told reporters ahead of the warm-up matches here.
“We had a very successful T20 series against Australia and Sri Lanka. Getting into the World Cup with these wins, the team is very confident. With the kind of phase the team is in, I don’t see why we shouldn’t be qualifying for semifinals,” she said.
“For me, New Zealand team looks to be a tough side first up. Australia also are playing well, but New Zealand is my pick,” she said.
India are placed with Bangladesh, West Indies, England and Pakistan in Group B. The toughest team in this group is West Indies and England who have some experience players. India have played excellent cricket beating Australia in Australia and also whitewashed Sri Lanka. India women need to play good cricket to qualify for the semi-finals.
Australia is a tough side to beat but we have defeated them recently. The pressure will be us on to perform on home soil. Mithali Raj will be confident that the team can perform well and have the ability to get success on the big stage.
New Zealand and Australia are the toughest teams to beat in T20 format. Australia are the defending champions of T20 format.