ICC Women’s World Cup: Diana Edulji wants Harmanpreet to bat up the order, Shantha Rangaswamy backs Mithali Raj to fire


Former captains Diana Edulji and Shantha Rangaswamy feel that the Indian Women’s team cannot offer to “blow hot and cold” in the ongoing ICC World Cup event. Both the former cricketers have urged for consistency in the batting department. Indian women are placed third with two wins and two losses. India experienced a defeat against England after displaying a poor batting performance.

India will face the mighty Australians tomorrow in a must-win match. Edulji feels that too many changes are being made in the batting order, which affects the players’ attitude. Edulji admitted that Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana are in fine form and have the confidence to play big innings. The former captain wants Harmanpreet to bat no.3 so that she can play many overs in the middle.

Moreover, a right-hand and left-hand combination would trouble the opponents. Shantha believes that Mithali Raj who bats at no.5 can control the innings if there is a collapse in the top-order. Former cricketer backed Indian women skipper to fire against the Aussies as she is the axle of India’s batting. Shantha expressed that Indian bowlers have done well throughout the tournament.

Shantha said that leg-spinner Poonam Yadav cannot be tried against Australia as they have found her out. The 68-year-old cricketer believes that Indian women will overcome a major psychological barrier if they can beat Australia. Last year, India had ended Australia’s 26-match winning streak though they lost the series 1-2. Indian women can upset the Aussies if they play with a never give up attitude.