Mithali Raj





This is one of my best innings: Mithali Raj



Mithali Raj holds many fond memories of Taunton. It was here in 2002 that

she scored her then - world record 214 against a cowering England -

although the Test and series ended in a draw.

Monday's 32 not out against Sri Lanka at the same ground may not have

been so weighty in terms of runs, but its significance cannot be under-

estimated.

India was wobbling at 36-3 when Mithali marched to the crease, and despite

watching two team-mates fall, took control to help them into the semi-finals

of the ICC World Twenty20 2009.

Mithali's innings included an array of classical strokes, the best of which were

two cover-driven fours and a single to complete the game.

She recognised its importance: "Because of the situation, this was still one of

my best innings," Mithali said, "even though it was only 32."

On playing at Taunton she said: "This ground has always given me runs.

I can't really compare my Test double century with a Twenty20 innings, but I

might swap another good innings in the semis for my Test score - what I

really want is to be a member of a cup-winning side."

India is likely to face New Zealand at Trent Bridge on Thursday as its quest

to emulate India men's inaugural win in 2007 continues.