On the eve of the opening game of the Women's T20 Challenge in Sharjah, Velocity skipper Mithali Raj said that while it will be tough on the players considering the less recovery time, her side is simply happy to have the opportunity to play some cricket.
"I think if you give it more space in your mind it weighs you down," Mithali said of her side's unique situation on Tuesday (November 3). "You just
Velocity open their campaign against defending champions Supernovas on Wednesday (November 4) before taking on Smriti Mandhana's Trailblazers the following afternoon.
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"Yes, it is going to be a bit of a challenge because the recovery time is less - the next day itself
"All I can say is that we are here to play our best cricket and also enjoy the platform
After two weeks of quarantining across Mumbai and Dubai, the teams got the opportunity to begin training on October 26. It allowed individuals to play themselves back into rhythm and test out any new techniques in a competitive environment, while also providing the captains a chance to formulate strategies.
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In the 2019 edition of Women's T20 Challenge in Jaipur, Velocity was the home of a 15-year-old, baby-faced Shafali Verma. Asked which player she thinks will light up the tournament this time around, Mithali singled out young seamer Manali Dakshini and left-arm spinner Murali Anagha.
"I think this platform gives them the exposure to interact with the overseas players and see the national players - how they set themselves before playing a tournament, how they prepare themselves, etc. Overall,
At the start of the Indian Premier League, batters held all the aces when they batted in Sharjah. However, as the tournament has progressed, the pitches have slowed down, making run-scoring a tad harder. Mithali said that the condensed format of the tournament leaves the players with little time to adjust, but she believes the experienced hands will all find a way to counter all that is thrown at them.
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"During the league
"But again, it is all an experience. Seasoned players will find a way out, but inexperienced players - for them it is an exposure, how to deal with these variables or factors during the match and how they can take help from the senior players and prepare themselves for these matches," Mithali concluded.