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    The Indian women’s team exuded optimism on the eve of its departure to

    England for the ICC Twenty20 World Cup commencing on June 11. “We have

    a balanced team with many all-rounders and we are hoping to do well. We

    haven’t had much cricket after the World Cup in Australia in March but we

    have prepared well at the National Cricket Academy here during our camp,”

    said skipper Jhulan Goswami at a press conference at the Chinnaswamy

    Stadium premises here on Wednesday.


    Jhulan said that the Indian squad has the ability to counter physically

    stronger teams like Australia and New Zealand. “I do agree that players from

    Australian and New Zealand are taller and stronger than us but cricket is

    often played in the mind and we do believe that we have enough mental

    strength to cope with these teams. It’s all about playing good cricket and we

    will take it match by match. The final is on June 21 and we are keeping our

    fingers crossed. England, Australia, New Zealand and India are the stronger

    teams and we fancy our chances,” Jhulan said.





    Strategies in place


    Coach Sudha Shah said that the team had got its strategies in place ahead of the premier tournament.

    “We played the under-17 boys and tried different combinations and

    techniques and, as Jhulan said, having all-rounders helps and we can be

    flexible with our batting order. We have just played two Twenty20 games

    before — won against England and lost to Australia, but we are confident of

    coping with the format,” she said.

    Diana Edulji, who is accompanying the team as its manager, stressed on the

    need to stay focussed and not get bogged down with thoughts about the

    final.

    The team leaves for England on Thursday.


    The team: Jhulan Goswami (captain), Amita Sharma (vice-captain), Mithali

    Raj, Anjum Chopra, Rumeli Dhar, Sulakshana Naik, Anagha Deshpande,

    Priyanka Roy, Poonam Raut, Gouhar Sultana, Reema Malhotra, Harmanpreet

    Kaur, Latika Kumari and Babita Mandlik.


    Coach: Sudha Shah; Manager: Diana Edulji; Physio: Sheela Mungari; and

    Fielding coach: Tushar Arothe.
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