Have a great game out there and play with calm and poise.
"Playing the hosts in their own country is going to be a challenge but this unit is up for it".
India were caught by surprise with Pakistan's prompt bowling and fielding and for once, their strong batting line-up faltered.
India: Mithali Raj (C), Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Mona Meshram, Punam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Ekta Bisht, Sushma Verma, Mansi Joshi, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Nuzhat Parween and Smriti Mandhana.
"I'm sure if the other youngsters in the side are exposed to the same culture even the domestic standards in Indian women's cricket will also improve immensely". The team has banked on its spinners who have been in turn supported by the slower Derby pitch.
"Last match very crucial since Australia are defending champions, so it was a big achievement to beat them", she said. They defeated Sri Lanka, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and then the West Indies in succession.
Toppling down the New Zealand side in what was termed as a virual quarter-final, Indian eves sailed into the semi-final round, but this time against the mighty Australians. There are vulnerabilities though, which were apparent in the semi-final when South Africa instigated a middle-order collapse that forced the match into the final-over.
"It is always good to win against any opposition but you can't compare Zimbabwe to India". They are leading run scorer and wicket taker in women's one-day global history respectively. England has come on top 34 times in those encounters. It drew comparisons with Kapil Dev's historic 175 against Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells during the 1983 campaign with members of the men's team, including skipper Virat Kohli, showering accolades on her. The way she has led the side is remarkable. Her vast experience will come handy. England's skipper Heather Knight stays eight miles down the road from the iconic venue, she and her girls have trained there often and know a thing or two about the much talked about slope and the wicket.
The 28-year-old right-handed batter hit an unbeaten 171 off just 115 balls in the semi-final match to knock out the reigning champions from the tournament being played in England. She played like a woman possessed, and yet with ideal control - leaving the Australian bowlers with no choice as she hit 20 fours and 7 sixes.