India women’s T20I skipper Harmanpreet Kaur was excited about the way the team has shaped up going into the T20I series against hosts, Australia. India lost the closely-fought ODI series 1-2, before dominating the rain-marred historic pink-ball one-off Test that eventually ended in a draw.
Harmanpreet wasn’t affected by the results of the series against South Africa and England earlier this year as the Women’s team was playing after nearly a year. However, she feels the break has given them a chance to regroup and build a larger squad to select from.
“South Africa and England, we played after almost a year. We were building a new team. Now, we are in better shape regarding everyone’s role in the team. Playing cricket back-to-back has helped a lot. Everybody is taking responsibility, it’s a good sign.”
“Shikha Pandey has done very well for India. But sometimes, even good players miss out due to team requirements. We were going with the same XI earlier, but now we have a pool of 25 players, and whoever comes in is ready to play international cricket,” Harmanpreet said.
“Right now, I want to enjoy and give 100 percent” – Harmanpreet Kaur
Harmanpreet Kaur was absent for the ODI series and the Test match due to a thumb injury she had sustained during training. She stated that it was a hard pill to swallow especially after being in quarantine and spending a lot of time in training prior to the series.
“It was difficult to miss out on the ODIs and Tests. I am feeling much better and confident of doing well in the T20Is. Very excited for the series. It was a hard year without cricket and then I got injured a couple of times. Personally, I feel sometimes you have to give time to yourself.”
“Right now, I just want to enjoy and give 100 percent in every opportunity I get. I was not able to hold the bat initially. After the third day of the Test, I was able to bat well in the nets. It was disappointing to miss the Test. The support staff has taken good care of me to get ready for the T20Is,” she added.
India women will take on Australia in a 3-match T20I series which commences on October 7, Thursday at the Carrara Oval in Queensland.