India women's cricket stars Jhulan Goswami, Smriti Mandhana and Veda Krishnamurthy backed Team India to beat Australia in the limited-overs series starting on September 17. India's women's World Cup star Jhulan Goswami backed Virat Kohli to shine in the coming times and said that he is the best cricketer in the world.
Goswami, who is the currently the leading wicket taker in one-day international cricket with 195 scalps to her name, said that the Team India captain is phenominal and lauded him for leading from the front. "He is a phenomenal cricketer. He is the best cricketer in the world. The way he is playing and leading from the front is fantastic," said the all-rounder in India Today's Mind Rocks Delhi event.
"Virat should continue his brand of cricket," she added when asked about any piece of advice for him. The 34-year-old also praised Kohli for his attention to fitness and changing the way the game is played. The former India women's captain said that now even the women cricketers pay full attention to fitness as it is an integral part of the game now.
"We follow strict diet. We go to the gym on a regular basis. Cricket has changed, it's become a powerful game. You need to have strength. You need to maintain good diet," Goswami said.
"You have to contribute in every department of the game today," she added.
She was accompanied by the other stars from the recently concluded World Cup in England -Smriti Mandhana and Veda Krishnamurthy, who also agreed to what Jhulan had said.
Talking about the upcoming India-Australia series, Smriti said that she doesn't have any advice for the male cricketers but they should just go there and play with the flow.
"They have been playing exceptional cricket for the last 4-6 months. I don't think they need our advise...they should just go with the flow, enjoy what they are doing and I'm sure they will beat the Aussies," said the southpaw.
Veda, who is also a good friend of her fellow Kannadiga Lokesh Rahul sounded proud of him when asked about KL and backed him and the team to succeed in the five-match ODI series and three T20Is against the Aussies.
"KL is doing exceptionally well in whatever opportunities he got to play for India. It's very unfortunate that he gets injured or falls sick more than its expected but I think he's going to come back strong and do well against the Australians. He has done well against them before and I think playing at home will be a huge advantage for us," said the wicketkeeper batswoman.
"Just nail and don't let the Aussies come on top," she added.
The two countries will go head to head against each other from September 17 when the sides take the field in Chennai for the first ODI.
Steve Smith and his men will have to be on their toes to challenge the red hot Indians in the limited-overs series. They lost the Test series 2-1 and also drew the two-match Test series against the Bangladeshi's 1-1. The added motivation for both the sides is that they can go on top of the ICC rankings if they win the series 4-1 or better.