“It is important to have Sports Psychologists traveling with the team”, says Mithali Raj

India women’s Cricket team gets in action for their first match of 2022 cricket season in the early hours of Wednesday. Being held in New Zealand, the one-off T20I scheduled ahead of the 5 ODIs, kicks off at 3:30 AM (IST) at the John Davies Oval in Queenstown tomorrow.

 

Revised Schedule for India Women's tour of New Zealand 2022
Revised Schedule for India Women’s tour of New Zealand 2022

 

In a press conference prior to the match, the team’s ODI & Test captain Mithali Raj highlighted the importance of a Sports Psychologist with the team.

As reported by ANI, Raj who is regarded as one of the most decorated cricketers said, “Every player has their own individual way of absorbing pressure and coming out and playing their best cricket. Having a sports psychologist traveling with the team helps, she has one-on-one sessions with players on how to absorb pressure and how to play the best cricket under pressure situations,”

Further emphasizing their role, Raj talked about how necessary Covid-19 protocols i.e., the quarantine and bio-bubble especially on extended tours like the current one increase the need for professional support at times.

Raj who has had an international cricket career of over 2 decades also shared her ways of dealing with pressure situations. Reading books, solving puzzles, and keeping the mind diverted without much load off the field is what has made the all-time ODI leading run-scorer deal in tough situations.

Mumbai-based sports psychologist Dr. Mugdha Bavare is accompanying team India for both the New Zealand tour and the upcoming World Cup tournament
Mumbai-based sports psychologist Dr. Mugdha Bavare is accompanying team India for both the New Zealand tour and the upcoming World Cup tournament

 

Talking about the series that is being held in the ICC Women’s World Cup host country, Raj said that the team is looking at it as an opportunity to study the wicket well and try different compositions before getting into the big tournament that would witness the best 8 of the sport competing to be crowned as the World Champions.

The Lady Tendulkar as Raj is called, would be giving her last try at the World Cup trophy, the only title missing in her applaudable cricket career. Even though she is the only female captain to take women in blue to two World Cup finals (2005, 2017) but has unfortunately failed to convert both. The World Cup journey that started in 2000 in New Zealand will now end in New Zealand, hopefully on a positive note.

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Concluding the Conference with a remark on T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur, Raj said,

“She definitely gets experience into the squad. In Australia, we missed an experienced batter in the middle and her coming back helps the team. Her off-spin can also help us, considering these options it is good to have her back in the squad.”

 Schedule for New Zealand v India

Match Date Time Venue
T20I Wednesday, February 9 1:00 PM (NZT)

5:30 PM (IST)

John Davies Oval, Queenstown
1st ODI Saturday, February 12 11 AM (NZT)

3:30 AM (IST)

John Davies Oval, Queenstown
2nd ODI Tuesday, February 15 11 AM (NZT)

3:30 AM (IST)

John Davies Oval, Queenstown
3rd ODI Friday, February 18 11 AM (NZT)

3:30 AM (IST)

John Davies Oval, Queenstown
4th ODI Tuesday, February 22 11 AM (NZT)

3:30 AM (IST)

John Davies Oval, Queenstown
5th ODI Thursday, February 24 11 AM (NZT)

3:30 AM (IST)

John Davies Oval, Queenstown


India’s schedule for Group Stage of 2022 ICC Women’s World Cup

Date Against Venue
6-03-22 Pakistan Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
      10-03-22 New Zealand Seddon Park, Hamilton
12-03-22 West Indies Seddon Park, Hamilton
16-03-22 England Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
19-03-22 Australia Eden Park, Auckland
22-03-22 Bangladesh Seddon Park, Hamilton
27-03-22 South Africa Hagley Oval, Christchurch

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