People questioned me a lot about it in press conferences, but it wasn't my intent or objective of playing this World Cup. The match against New Zealand is a virtual quarter-final as the victor will qualify for the semi-finals of the tournament. She had made her debut for India in the 2004/05 Women's World Cup.
It is a view shared by Sudha Shah, who has played 59 Tests for India.
However, Australia overhauled the target with 29 balls to spare, scoring 227 for two, courtesy some fantastic batting display by skipper Meg Lanning (76 not out) and Ellyse Perry (60 not out). When you are playing a big team like Australia at an ICC event you need to get off to a solid start and that did not happen as she was back in the hut within the first four overs. She scored 23 runs.
South Africa had another blitzing, this time disposing of Sri Lanka in little time.
"The form she's in, surely in four to five years she should be breaking that record". Tammy Beaumont hit 93 as England scored 284 from their 50 overs. A game that's more or less dictated by the tunes of nerves. In South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa telecast, all matches of this tournament will be streamed live on Supersport.
Australia maintain their only concern is getting the win and whether they play their final in Bristol or Derby is of no concern.
However both Raj and Raut (106 off 136 balls) were dismissed as they looked to push their side towards 250.
The two found the boundary in 13 of the last 19 overs and kept the run rate well above what was required, not willing to let it get the better of them as it did in their loss to England. India stumbled right at the beginning as opener Smriti Mandhana (3) departed in the fourth over with the scorecard reading just nine runs.
While the pair have been in the same Australian team since 2010, they only batted together for the first time in late November 2014.
New Zealand have some talented young bowlers and plenty of batting talent and would be confident of victory. It was the spinners who curated India's win against Pakistan.