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Being captain a small individual goal for Smriti
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Being captain a small individual goal for Smriti

Guwahati, Mar 3: All set to make her debut as the Indian women's cricket team captain, Smriti Mandhana today said that the top job was just a small individual goal.

"As a kid, you dream of winning the World Cup. As an individual, getting to number 1 position is very pleasing. Staying there is more difficult," Smriti said, addressing a press conference here ahead of a three-match T20 series against England at Barsapara Cricket Stadium here from tomorrow.

She added, "Getting to number one position is one of the small goals, the major goal is the World Cup." On her first assignment as the captain, she said, "I won't think myself as the captain. I will there to do as the team wants rather than asking them to do as I want."

The ICC women's number one in batting added that she won't mix her captaincy with her batting as it would complicate both roles. On the opponent England, Smriti said, "I think we are equal opponents. It will not be an easy match."

Asked if the series win in the ODI would bolster India's chances at the T20 series, she said it is a completely different format. "We are looking to win the series and not make it like auditioning new players," she added. On the ground here, Smriti said the outfield is very good and though the conditions are very different here from Mumbai where the team last played, everyone is trying to get used to it.

The captain also appreciated the people's response to the team in Guwahati and said bringing women's cricket to smaller centres is a good initiative. She recalled playing before crowd of 1200-1500 in Baroda last year, adding that the good turnout increases the players' confidence. (UNI )