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"India should look to up the NRR from Bangladesh match," feels former Indian cricketer Gargi Banerjee

Former Indian cricketer Gargi Banejree feels India will have to look to up the NRR against Bangladesh to keep the hope alive.

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Koushik Biswas
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After the loss against Australia, India's future in the Women's World Cup now hangs on the line. Not only does India have to beat both of their opponents in the coming matches, but they will also have to keep an eye on others' performances as well. Gargi Banerjee, the former Indian cricketer and manager thus advises the Indian team to up the NRR from the Bangladesh match.

"Look the rain will play a part in the coming games. So, every team will be affected by that. That's why India will have to calculate everything and look to up the net run rate from this match. This can give them a chance to finish in the top four," Gargi Banerjee said in an exclusive interview with Sportz Point.

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Although the Australian team proved to be too strong for the Indian team, the only thing that was positive from the last match was India's batting. "India's batting approach was positive from the first ball against Australia. That was the only thing positive from the last match," she added.

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Mithali Raj on her way to her first fifty of World Cup 2022. Image - cricketworldcup.com

However, the bowling looked below par against the likes of Meg Lanning and Alyssa Healy in the last match. Thus, she feels India can bring back Deepti Sharma in the playing eleven to strengthen the spin attack. In that case, Meghna Singh will have to sit on the bench for India.

"If Deepti comes back, the spin attack will look much better. Meghna has not bowled well except in one match and she is also leaking runs. So, I feel India should bring back Deepti and leave Meghna out."

"This team will be good for a T20, 35 overs or 50 overs match considering there might be rain and overs can be cut down", she added.

"India needs to do something different now. Opening the bowling with one pacer (Jhulan Goswami) and one spinner can be effective as well."

Not only the NRR factor but there is another reason why she thinks the match against Bangladesh will be a vital one. "If somehow Shafali Verma can come back into her best form, India will be in a good shape against South Africa as well. She needs to be in form against them. That's why this match will be an important match for India and her."

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However, she feels scoring against the Bangladesh team will not be an easy task. "Both Smriti and Shafali are good against pace attacks. These Bangladeshi bowlers are much slower than other bowlers. So, they will have to be cautious against them. If India doesn't lose any wickets in the first ten overs, they can set a big total. "

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With all the ifs and buts placed for India, there will be pressure to calculate every scenario and then pray for the other team's results. "The players should focus on their game. Yes, calculations need to be done. The team management should do it, not the players. If it rains, the toss will be very vital," Gargi Banerjee added.

"When I went to Australia as the team manager in the 2020-21 series, we used to check the weather forecast and make plans according to that. I think the team management will have a plan for every situation."

Not only that, with every chance of rain, the toss will be an important factor as well. So, the team should be ready for every situation in the match

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