Last Update on: July 24th, 2022 at 12:33 pm
India women’s team white-ball captain Harmanpreet Kaur touched upon the significance of playing in the upcoming Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022.
Women’s cricket will feature at the Commonwealth Games for the first time in the upcoming CWG 2022. It would be the second instance of cricket being held at this stage after the men’s ODI competition was staged back in 1998 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. South Africa won the only edition of the Commonwealth Games in men’s cricket.
India have been put together with Australia, Pakistan and Barbados in Group A for the initial stage of the tournament.
Harmanpreet, who will lead India’s 15-member squad in Birmingham, expressed gratitude for getting this big opportunity to represent in a tournament of this stature.
“This tournament is very important for us. This time we are playing for a medal. If I speak for myself, we have grown up watching these kinds of tournaments and we are glad that we are also getting an opportunity to be part of a big event. I think in the future, if we keep getting these (kind of) opportunities, it will be great for us,” Harmanpreet told news agency PTI.
Indian women’s team will play the tournament opener against rivals Australia on July 29 at Edgbaston.
The Indian team has had its own rivalry against the heavyweights, the 2020 T20 World Cup final was one such example.
“Whenever we play against them (Australia), they have always given us tough competition. And this time also, we are looking very positive. Every game will be crucial for us and we will try to give 100 per cent,” said Kaur.
India’s squad for CWG 2022: Harmanpreet Kaur ©, Smriti Mandala (vc), Shafali Verma, Sabbhineni Meghana, Yastika Bhatia (wk), Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Harlech Deol, Pooja Vastrakar, Sneh Rana, Tanya Bhatia, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Meghna Singh, Renuka Singh, Radha Yadav