Punam Raut
Punam Raut scored a century in a losing cause during the fourth ODI against South Africa.

India’s batsman Punam Raut said that he had worked to improve his strike-rate, a part of his game that was criticized in the past.

Indian batsman Poonam Raut on Sunday said that she has worked to improve her strike-rate, something that has drawn a lot of criticism over the years. Poonam scored a brilliant century on the losing side, scoring 62 and 77 respectively in the first two matches. He said, “I’m working on it, to improve my strike rate … Since the lockdown, (I’ve) worked on it, do a bit of work on backfoot shots and rotating strikes, “He told reporters after going south of India. Africa won the five-match series by seven wickets in the fourth ODI.

Asked if the conversation about his low strike rate bothered him, Punam Raut said that he did not think too much about it and instead focused on his contribution to the team.

“I don’t think too much about the strike rate. I focus on my contribution to the team. As for the comebacks (which he has made many times), it is important to stay mentally strong. Also, people like that There are also those who tell me. They said that my strike is short, I did not worry about it. I am working on my game.

According to a question, if the score around 270 is not given a good batting position, he said that on Sunday (266) India presented a formidable challenge overall, the bowling unit needs to be more disciplined.

He said, “As a bowling unit, there needs to be some discipline. Certainly, after the lockdown, we are coming together after a long time … I believe we will go together, we can do well Huh.”

“We have to work on bowling, be more disciplined. Fielding too – we have to work on it. There are young players in the team, we have to give them time.”

Regarding his ton (his third in ODIs) in Sunday’s game, Raut said it was a special one as it came after a long time.

“Very valuable … a batsman is special for every batsman. I wanted to convert my good form into three figures. I like this ground and this wicket (laughs). It’s a special century because it’s a long time Came after. ” she added.

He said that during the lockdown enforced COVID-19, he worked a lot with his coach at-bat and is grateful for that.

“We were away from the game for a year. I worked on my batting during a lockdown, worked with the coaches. In addition, I also played a few practice matches. I got time to work on my game during a lockdown, I am grateful for that. ” he said she said.

With regard to his good form and if someone talked about taking this order forward, the openers could not give a good start, Raut said that such a decision would be taken by the captain and the coach.

Meanwhile, South African batsman Lara Goodall, who scored an unbeaten 59 in the team’s win, said it was good to contribute.

“It was good to contribute. Sometimes I don’t think I’m good enough as one of the most experienced players in the team,” he said.

Goodall said it was good to win in India after losing in 2019.

“We came to India last time, so we definitely felt that we had a point to prove,” he said.

“We’re a lot more mature than we were two years ago. We actually made a statement today, especially our batting unit, which is under much scrutiny. It’s a big chase against a world-class team, we’re sure Roop will do it. Enjoy it. “

The 24-year-old left-hander said that Mignon du Preez, who scored 61 off 55 balls, began to pressurize once.

“Mignon really put pressure on me, because I started slowly, and once he started scoring, it helped me play a lot more freely,” he said.

“We always felt in control, we didn’t lose wickets in the cluster, which has been a problem for us in the past,” she said.

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