ICC Women's World Twenty20 2010 April 30, 2010

India confident of success in Twenty20

Cricinfo staff

The India women's team is geared up for their first tour of the Caribbean and hopes to get off the mark in the ICC Women's World Twenty20 with victory over New Zealand on May 6.

"Winning will give us the momentum. Twenty20 is all about maintaining it. Beating New Zealand will be a good way to begin," said Jhulan Goswami, the India captain.

India batsman and former captain Mithali Raj had a different opinion. "Twenty20 is about each player contributing to the team effort," she said. "I am supposed to be the main player in batting, so teams will have special plans for me. If others can chip in at the right times, it will help."

India's preparations for the tournament comprised of three matches against England at home and then a camp in Mumbai in sweltering conditions. "The heat was so much that we got fried," said Raj. "It will help us in the West Indies.

"We have been told that wickets in the West Indies are on the slower side. If that is true, then we have the spinners to make best use of conditions. If the tracks in the West Indies are slow, then India has the bowling unit."

India will go on to play Pakistan on May 8 and Sri Lanka on May 10, both in St Kitts.