ICC World Twenty20: Indian women start campaign vs Sri Lanka, all eyes on Mithali Raj

Indian women, led by the experienced Mithali Raj, figure in Group B that also has West Indies and ICC World Twenty20 hosts, Bangladesh.

updated: March 24, 2014 14:24 IST
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Led by the experienced Mithali Raj, Indian women begin their ICC World Twenty20 campaign with a group match against Sri Lanka in Sylhet on Monday evening. The West Indies and hosts Bangladesh also feature in India's group.

India have a lot to prove in this edition of the World Cup after failing to go beyond the first round in the last world event they played. In 2013, India hosted the women's World Cup but after losses to England and Sri Lanka, the hosts crashed out. Mithali is hoping that history will not repeat in Bangladesh this time.

"We won't carry the past here, that is for sure. (But) irrespective of where the World Cup is played, the pressure is always there," Mithali told ESPNCricinfo. "No matter how many world events you have played in, it is always going into a fresh one. Don't think it decreases because you are away from home. The event itself carries huge pressure. Everyone expects you to do well," the Indian captain added.

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