Mithali Raj expressed his pride in the fight shown by his team in Bristol and stated that the positive result will do a lot of good for the team’s confidence heading into their next four-day adventure. Raj further stated that the Bristol draw is a great psychological boost for LOIs.
Expectations were low for India heading into their only test against England in Bristol, simply due to a lack of red ball practice, as they had not played a test match in seven years. But even though the hosts, several times in the contest, were in a position to kill the game, India continued to fight relentlessly. A defeat seemed inevitable when England imposed the follow-up, but an astonishing display of determination, courage, patience and determination on the part of the batters on the final day ensured that the historic test ended in a draw.
India won’t have to wait seven more years to play their next four-day adventure, and captain Mithali Raj acknowledged that the confidence gained in the Bristol draw will keep her team in good stead when they face Australia in a ball test. rose. later in the year.
“These girls have shown that even with the lack of practice with the red ball and the longer format, they stood up and acted. I think confidence is what we will bring to the next tests. I know it is a pink ball test. but preparation will be just as important, ”Mithali said on Saturday.
“Having said that, the mental space these young women find themselves in after today’s performance will have a very positive impact, moving to a longer format for the upcoming Pink Ball Test.”
A loss seemed inevitable on Day 4 when India fell to 199/7, but an inspired display by the trio of Sneh Rana, Taniya Bhatia and Shikha Pandey denied the hosts a sure win as India hit 121 overs in the second inning. to save the test. . Mithali praised the struggle displayed by his side and stated that the team’s long-term goal is to incorporate the same attitude in every match they play, regardless of the format.
“I think it’s a great way to start a series where you know of a situation where we were literally seeing a loss of test mach, and from there we got to a draw, which clearly shows that the girls are not ready to give. .and they are ready to fight.
“That is something that we are trying to build in our team environment and that is something that we try and carry it forward from here, so that the team grows from strength to strength, but not in one format, but every time we go out on the field. “he added. said the Indian patron.
However, the tour has only just started as, after a week off, the two parties will play three ODIs and the same amount of T20I. Raj claimed that the morale win at Bristol would be a great psychological boost for the team heading into the limited overs stage.
“Psychologically, I think it’s a huge boost and it will definitely put England on the defensive because they know that even though the main hitters haven’t performed, the low-middle order held firm,” Mithali said in the post-game virtual conference call.
“India’s batting lineup is deep right now and it’s not just top-notch. The lower-middle level can also hit and form partnerships to win games,” he said.
The first ODI will be played on June 27 in Bristol.