India Women’s last game of the league phase against New Zealand Women will be a virtual quarterfinal as the two teams battle for a spot in the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World Cup, 2017. While India with eight points are at No 4, the White Ferns are at No 5 with seven points and the winner will go through to the next phase.
Speaking to the media ahead of the knock-out game in Derby, pacer Jhulan Goswami emphasised that the team will have to play and click as a unit to win the game. “New Zealand are a quality side and they have played good cricket in this tournament. We are looking forward to a good match. We will plan according to our strengths and try to perform as team in all the departments.”
Speaking about her team, Goswami said, “We have to make a comeback and play good cricket. We have to focus on our process. The girls have been preparing well over the last couple of days. We have had good net sessions. We have played most of our matches here (Derby) so we know wickets and what the conditions are like. We just need one more good day on the field.”
While talking about her own bowling and the way oppositions work to negotiate her threat, Goswami said, “Things are not always going to work out the way you plan them. When you have been playing for over a decade, the opposition is definitely going to plan for you. You plan for the opposition as well. It is important how you bowl, your rhythm, support from the other end, and the fielders. Everything matters. As a senior player, it is important that I take the responsibility, bowl and get wickets. At times when your plans don’t work you have to get back to your basics and begin from the beginning.
“It is important to perform well and fulfil my role consistently. There have been ups and downs for me in the tournament and I have to take responsibility learn from it and start from scratch,” she reiterated.
Speaking about the team’s preparations in the lead up to the tournament with back-to-back series and a packed domestic season, Goswami said, “The kind of preparation we had in the lead up to the World Cup we have never had that before. Most girls have played 15-20 one-dayers, which is helping them in tournament. So, the team is more balanced this time than it has been in earlier years. It is almost the set of girls who have been playing together for a couple of years. They have performed well. So, when you come and play on a stage as big as this, all the experience that you have gathered prior to the tournament well help. You have to enjoy this moment, believe in yourself and go ahead and play good cricket.”
Speaking about the pressure of the do-or-die game against NZ, she concluded “There will always be pressure in an international game. How you handle it and hold your nerve in crucial times is important. The preparation that you have done so far over the last couple of years is for that. All of it will count now. It is not going to be an easy match because they (New Zealand) are also going to come hard at us as they too want to qualify for the semi-final. It is a big match so there will be pressure.”