No one can take Mithali Raj’s place in Indian dressing room, claims captain Harmanpreet Kaur

Mithali Raj retired for cricket as one of the greatest female cricketers of all time

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mithali Raj recently announced his retirement from all formats of cricket after a stunning career.
  • Harmanpreet Kaur replaces her as ODI captain.
  • Kaur’s first assignment as ODI captain will be the Sri Lanka tour from June 23.
Mithali Raj recently announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. The veteran is undoubtedly the most prominent name in Indian women’s cricket. She is the top performer in both Tests and ODIs, and has also played the most matches of any player in women’s cricket history. In her 23-year career, she has left an indelible impression on women’s cricket in general. After retiring, Harmanpreet Kaur was named ODI captain. During a press conference said that the place of Mithali Raj in the Indian team is irreplaceable.
Kaur’s first assignment after replacing Mithali Raj as ODI captain will be the Sri Lanka tour from June 23. Before the start of the tour, Kaur and coach Ramesh Powar gave a press conference. It was here that Kaur mentioned the value the recently retired legend had in the dressing room.

“Well, as we all know, she has done a good job for women’s cricket. I don’t think there is anyone who can fill that place. We are working hard on the team where we can create winning combinations and everything. If we’re talking about Mithali di, I don’t think there’s anyone who can take her place and she will always be missed in our dressing room,” said Harmanpreet Kaur.

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However, she feels that the Indian team is well prepared for the Sri Lankan challenge despite the absence of the seniors. “If I talk about our team, we have a great combination, the first time we are going to play without our seniors and I think it’s a great opportunity for all of us to build a team. I think we did a great preparation during this NCA encampment,” she said.
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Coach Ramesh Powar said the immediate goal for them was to take the players to the next level in terms of performance. “We are looking for some consistency, we are looking for a winning habit. For this we have all come together as captain, coach and vice-captain. We have already spoken to BCCI and VVS Laxman who is in charge of cricket .and there were a few things that happened. We’re trying to work on our alignment and our fitness and take our players to the next level,” he commented.

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