"Our girls have the potential to win in tough situations," says former Indian cricketer Gargi Banerjee

The former Indian cricketer Gargi Banerjee feels India can beat South Africa with good NRR to qualify for the semis of Women's World Cup 2022

Koushik Biswas
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It is a do-or-die for the Indian Women's Cricket team against the in-form South African team in the Women's World Cup 2022. Not only does India have to win the match but they will have to have a better NRR than England to stay alive in the tournament. Former Indian cricketer Gargi Banerjee feels the girls in blue has the potential to win this kind of crucial match in an exclusive interview with Sportz Point.

"First of all let's hope it does not rain. If there is no rain India will have to go all-in and look to win with a big margin," Gargi Banerjee feels India's chances will be determined NRR even they win.

Before India takes on South Africa, England will take on Bangladesh in their last match of the tournament. Currently, England is only .010 ahead of India when it comes to NRR. Therefore, India not only will have to win the match, but they will also have to do it in a greater fashion than the England team.

"Our girls have the potential to win in matches like these. We have played semis and finals from this kind of situation. I believe we can beat South Africa if we stay focused mentally," she added.

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"This game will be a battle of mental toughness. India will have to do well in every aspect of the game from the first ball itself. The toss will be vital in that sense as well as India will have to win by a big margin."

"India should bat first if they win the toss. Bat first and set a big total on the board then look to defend it with the spinners," shed added.

Gargi Banerjee feels that the pace of the South African bowlers will help the Indian openers and top-order batters to play their shots. "Shafali and Smriti will enjoy their pace as they like to play on the rise early in their inning. If they can give a good start, India will be in a great position."

Though India almost had a perfect match against Bangladesh, the former India cricketer wants Harmanpreet to bat up in the order. "If not at Number 3, she must bat at 4. She needs to play more balls."

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"India should stick to their combination. Moreover, Poonam Yadav should be backed in the team. She can make a big difference."

Now with all the hype around the Women's IPL, the former team India manager thinks, if BCCI can make this happen with the foregoing players and six teams, this can be a grand success.

"Every state has good t20 players. Along with the Indian players, we now have a great pool of young players from the states. So, there should not be any issues with arranging quality 90 players. Moreover, if BCCI can do it with the foreign players, that can be a grand success," she added.

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