Calcutta: Purnima Rau is no stranger to the international stage.
The former India captain, who is now the chief coach of the women’s team, is “very much hopeful” of their chances of winning the T20 World Cup, to be played in Bangladesh, from March 16 to April 6 along with the men’s competition.
The India senior team’s camp moved from Kalyani to the city on Sunday, with the team practising under floodlights at Eden Gardens. They will leave for Dhaka on March 7.
“This team deserves that extra, that moment where they can be called champions. They have never won at that level, though they have done well in international competitions. But to win a World Cup is something very different.”
Captain Mithali, too, sounded optimistic. “The team has the right mix. The fact that we could have the camp in Calcutta is also a plus point, as the conditions are similar to that in Bangladesh.”
Meanwhile, there is a cause for concern in the India camp as Vanitha sustained a knee injury during Sunday’s practice.
“She is being treated at a hospital. We will only get to understand the extent of her injury on Monday,” said team manager Vidya Yadav.