Isobel Joyce believes Ireland need to be exposed to top-level competition on a more regular basis following three defeats in as many matches at the Women's World Twenty20.
Australia, Pakistan and India have all coasted past the Irish, who will almost certainly collect the Group B wooden spoon even if they end their campaign by overcoming New Zealand on Saturday.
Joyce was one of only two Ireland batters to reach double figures in Thursday's 52-run defeat to India in Guyana and admitted that the past few days have been a chastening experience.
She rejected the suggestion Ireland had been overawed in the Caribbean and has called for more fixtures against the elite women's teams in an effort to improve their fortunes.
The 35-year-old said in quotes on the International Cricket Council website: "It's a very tough learning curve.
"I don't think the occasion gets to us, but this is just another day for the Indian girls. It's a huge occasion for us.
"That's not where we want to be. We want to be a team that are used to playing these kinds of games day in, day out.
"If you look at the players like the top Indians, they play against top bowlers all the time. They have a plan against all the tough bowlers, because they've played them a number of times each year.
"That's the first time I've played against any of those bowlers in a couple of years. I'm trying to think on my feet, and suddenly it's four or five balls into a spell and a new bowler comes on.
"That's really where the difficulty lies. It's not the nerves."