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Former India captain Mithali Raj has said India will have to bring their A-game against England. Group-2 toppers India are set to lock horns with England at the Adelaide Oval for a place in the final of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
Mithali Raj says India will have to bring their A-game against England (AP)
By India Today Web Desk: Former India captain Mithali Raj has said India will have to bring their A-game against England. Group-2 toppers India are set to lock horns with England at the Adelaide Oval for a place in the final of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
Speaking to Star Sports, Raj said India will have to be at their A-game against England if they want to progress to the final and face Pakistan.
“Sure, it (India-Pakistan final) will happen. Now that Pakistan has qualified for the final, India will be at their best. India will have to be at their A-game tomorrow if they have to beat England. And it’s a ground that India has done well. So, if the wicket is very similar to what we got to see today, then it will definitely go in favor of India,” said Raj.
The former India skipper said Virat Kohli will be putting India’s expectations on his shoulders to score runs in the semi-final against England.
“I think more than everybody, he (Kohli) will put that expectation on himself to score runs in the semifinals when India needs him the most. Of course, he’s done very well in the deep phase against Pakistan and has been consistent throughout the tournament,” Raj added.
She went on to say that Kohli will want to continue his great form into the semi-finals, insisting that the 34-year-old does not have to change much with regard to his routine.
“He would want to continue that form in the semifinals. To reach the final, it’s important that he scores runs. He needs to continue to follow his routine and not change too much, because his expectations are there. There will be pressure (but) I’m sure as a player he knows how to absorb that and stand and deliver,” said Raj.
India will take on Jos Buttler’s England in the second semi-final in Adelaide. The winner will face Pakistan in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.