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We should start now for the next World Cup: Purnima

Published: Monday, February 19, 2001, 18:23 [IST]
 
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Bangalore: Purnima Rau has carried on the legacy of Indian women's cricket from the era of Shantha Rangaswamy and Diana Edulji when the game was riding a big high. Relegated to a senior player from being a captain previously, Purnima was in the thick of action during the World Cup at New Zealand.

Purnima spoke to Thatscricket.com about India's performance in the World Cup and other matters related to women's cricket during the South Zone championship at Chennai recently. "The occasion of the World Cup should sink in very deep. The feeling should come from the pit of the stomach." Excerpts of the interview:

Now that the World Cup is over and given that it was a semi-success, what are your plans, especially since you wanted to sign off on a winning note?

Actually, you cannot even say it was a semi-success. India stood where it was. The only team that Australia and New Zealand were scared of was India and we came a cropper against them. That is the reason why I term our World Cup result as nil.

I have had enough of it. No, I don't see myself playing till the next World Cup (2005). However, I would want to clear this issue about suspect action and then take a decision on my career.

How do you expect to clear this?

If I get another series to clear the issue then I don't mind, provided the series takes place this year.

Talking of suspect action, what really transpired in New Zealand?

Actually the umpires in their standing position were not able to detect or diagnose any discrepancy. It was the Cricinfo team and the media who blew things out of proportion, sitting as they were with out much job on their hands. I feel it was done just to throw us out of gear, to unsettle us.

However, having said that, it is good in a way that things are under scrutiny. This way, women's cricket stands to gain in reputation with regards to not being slack when it comes to issues like these.

I have always done my best whenever I have played for India. I have no regrets now. I am in a placid state. Actually scoring those runs in the semi-final was not one bit easy, given the controversy. But with all my experience and mental strength I was able to handle it. It took me two days though.

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