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Commonwealth Games 2022: Mithali Raj Confident Of India Women Bagging A Medal In Birmingham

Women’s cricket will make its debut at the Commonwealth Games 2022 which starts on July 28 in Birmingham. The men’s event was held only once at the 1998 edition in Kuala Lumpur. 

Mithali Raj (C) was at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday for a promotional event.
Mithali Raj (C) was at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday for a promotional event. Twitter (@srijitspeaketh)

Former captain Mithali Raj feels the Indian women's cricket team has a great chance to finish on the podium in the upcoming Commonwealth Games, provided it has its tactics and strategies in place. Women's cricket will make its debut in the Birmingham CWG after a men's tournament was held at the 1998 edition in Kuala Lumpur. (More Cricket News)

India are placed in Group A and will take on Australia in their first group stage game on July 29. Pakistan and Barbados are the other two teams in the group.

“I think before any big event, preparation is very important. If you prepare well and because it's a T20 format and Commonwealth Games, if you have your tactics and strategies in place, we have a great chance to finish on the podium,” Mithali said on the sidelines of a promotional event in Kolkata.

India, led by Harmanpreet Kaur, has nicely warmed up for the CWG, having won the T20 series against Sri Lanka 2-1. Mithali, who has played with Harmanpreet, also said that the Punjab all-rounder has enough experience to lead India to glory at the Games.

“She (Harmanpreet) has been leading in T20s since 2016, so I think she is experienced enough to lead (the team) in the Commonwealth Games,” said the 39-year-old, who has 7,805 ODI runs. While the semifinals will be played on August 6, the summit clash will be held on August 7.

The Birmingham Commonwealth Games will be held from July 28 to August 8.

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