NZ series will help India women’s team get used to windy conditions, reckons Jhulan Goswami

Goswami,
who
is
the
leading
wicket-taker
in
ODIs,
will
be
featuring
in
her
last
ICC
mega
event.
The
ODI
series
against
New
Zealand
will
start
on
February
11.
The
18-member
India
squad,
including
three
reserve
players,
is
expected
to
leave
for
New
Zealand
on
January
24.

“We
are
getting
to
play
NZ
before
the
World
Cup
which
is
great
preparation.
It
will
help
us
get
used
to
the
conditions
and
weather,”
Jhulan
told
PTI
after
being
named
Legends
League
Cricket
ambassador.

“It
is
very
windy
there
and
we
as
cricketers
need
some
time
to
adjust
to
the
conditions.
We
as
bowlers
find
it
tough
to
bowl
against
the
wind
initially.
“Those
five
games
will
allow
us
to
get
familiar
with
the
pitches
and
the
weather.
All
matches
are
going
to
be
important.
We
have
a
squad
of
18,
if
we
want
to
rotate
our
players
before
the
World
Cup
(that
can
be
done
in
the
ODI
series).

“We
have
not
played
a
lot
of
international
cricket,
of
late.
So
we
will
get
time
to
fix
our
errors
before
the
big
tournament.”
India’s
last
assignment
was
the
Australia
tour
in
September-October.

Following
that,
eight
India
players
competed
in
the
Big
Bash
League
while
some
of
the
others
played
in
the
domestic
One-day
tournament
and
the
Challenger
Trophy.
The
World
Cup,
which
got
pushed
to
2022
from
2021
due
to
the
coronavirus
pandemic,
is
expected
to
be
the
farewell
event
for
Jhulan
and
ODI
and
Test
skipper
Mithali
Raj.

However,
Jhulan
remained
tight-lipped
about
her
future.
“Well
at
this
moment
the
World
Cup
is
priority.
We
have
to
go
and
play
good
cricket.
That
is
the
most
important
thing.
Last
four
years
we
have
been
preparing
for
this
and
unfortunately,
it
was
postponed.
Now
the
focus
is
only
on
this.
After
World
Cup,
we
will
see
about
anything
else.

“Now
cases
(COVID)
are
rising
again
worldwide.
We
are
a
bit
scared
about
travelling
too.
When
we
reach
NZ,
we
can’t
make
any
excuses.
We
will
be
judged
only
on
our
performance,”
she
said.

India
will
open
their
World
Cup
campaign
against
Pakistan
on
March
6.
Jhulan
termed
the
match
as
important
as
the
other
matches
they
will
play.
“We
are
not
thinking
about
any
individual
team
since
it
is
a
World
Cup.
We
have
to
do
all
well
in
matches
and
prepare
for
all
teams,”
she
added.

(With
PTI
inputs)

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