Aditi will bolster India’s attack: Jwala

New Delhi: India’s most successful doubles player Jwala Gutta said comeback girl Aditi Mutatkar’s international experience will bolster the team’s attack when they start their campaign in the Uber Cup Finals in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.

Aditi, who reached the quarterfinals of the Asian Championship, was included in the Uber Cup squad which will be led by top shuttler Saina Nehwal and Jwala feels her addition will be a big boost for the women’s team.

“Saina is playing well and me and Ashwini (Poppanna) are also in good touch but I think Aditi’s inclusion will count a lot for the team,” Jwala told reporters from Kuala Lumpur.

“During the qualification it was Sayali (Gokhale) who did the trick for us but both Sayali and Trupti (Murgunde) are not as experienced as Aditi and her international exposure will matter for India,” she added.

National coach Pullela Gopichand also termed Aditi’s inclusion as a big positive and said the Pune girl can very well turn out to be the deciding factor for India.

“Aditi played very well in ABC and in practice also she was looking good. Her inclusion has been a big positive. But it is a tough place for her to be. But she can play the role of a decider for India.

“In team event, there is always a lot of pressure but she is confident and given her performance, I will expect her to come good in the tournament,” Gopichand said.

India starts its campaign against South Africa on Monday and the national coach said India would go with its best team as it would be a good platform to acclimatise with the conditions before taking on Korea.

“Tomorrow it would be more of a condition check for India and we will field our best team so that they can get used to the stadium before the Korea match on Monday,” he said.

Jwala feels India can go beyond the quarterfinals provided they concentrate on their performance and shrug off pressure.

“We are among the top six teams of the world and I feel it is possible to go beyond the quarters if we play to our best and don’t get bogged down by pressure,” she said.


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