Mithali Raj not taking Pakistan lightly ahead of Pak vs Ind Women's World Cup 2022 clash

Pakistan vs India of the ICC ODI Women's World Cup 2022 is set to kick-start on 6th March, at Bay Oval, as the arch-rivals will begin their event's journey against each other. In the ODI World Cup history, Pakistan women have never beaten the girls in blue in an ODI match but despite the fact, Mithali Raj, the Indian skipper feels Bismah Maroof and co should not be taken lightly.

Both the teams kick-started their warm-up adventures with two back-to-back wins. Maroof's side thrashed away New Zealand and Bangladesh whereas, Mithali's girls gave huge setbacks to South Africa and the West Indies. As of now, they are looking to retain the momentum to reach the semifinals, and to pick their first-ever trophy in the format's World Cup.

It must be noted that India and Pakistan have never won an ODI World Cup. India, however, became the runner-up of the last season in 2017 versus England and managed to do so in 2005, but the women in green are yet looking up for tactics to reach the higher level.

As far as men's World Cup history, either ODI or T20I is considered, Pakistan, men or women, never beat India but changed the history in the recently coiled-up men's World Cup 2021. This might one of the fearful reasons why Raj and co are not taking Pakistan for granted this season. Pakistan women's cricket team is yet left to overpower the women in blue after men in green have broken their streak.

Mithali says like other teams, Pakistan too are in the competition with perfect practice. While talking to India Today, she added,

“I think Pakistan is also a good side and I am sure they have prepared very hard for the tournament and so have we. Every team here, we can’t take any team lightly. So we will get into playing every game with a lot of intensity and with a lot of confidence,”.

“As a team, we are excited to get into the World Cup and start our campaign tomorrow. We are not looking at it as Pakistan we are playing against, we are looking at a team, which has come prepared and we are equally prepared to put our best foot forward, ”

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