Harmanpreet Kaur, India Women’s Team captain, made a statement on Friday that the players chosen for the ongoing series against England Women’s team and the multi-format home series against Australia will get ample preparation for next year’s Women’s T20 World Cup.
Indian Women’s team will play two more T20Is and a one-off Test against England Women’s who are currently leading the T20I series by 1-0 against the hosts. After England, the Indian Team will host Australia Women for a one-off Test, three ODIs, and three T20Is.
Harmanpreet Kaur considered spin-bowling as India’s biggest strength while stating that new players will get more opportunities in the coming matches. Shreyanka Patil, Saika Ishaque, and Mannat Kashyap have got the role of India’s new spinners for the ongoing three-match T20I series against England.
“The team which we picked for this T20I is the one we want to build for the upcoming World Cup,” Harmanpreet told the media after India’s training session ahead of the second match of the ongoing T20I series against England.
Harmanpreet Kaur Talks About India’s Fielding Errors
While Shreyanka Patil and Saika Ishaque were given their India caps in the first T20I on Wednesday, which India lost by 38 runs, Mannat Kashyap played in the three-match ‘A’ series before getting the national team call for the first time. “Saika and Shreyanka (Patil) have done really well in the last game. They are quite confident. After the game we did sit with them and discuss what best they can do in the upcoming game,” Harmanpreet Kaur said.
Harmanpreet Kaur reckons that improving the team’s fielding remains a primary focus after India’s defeat due to a handful of crucial catches being dropped and other fielding errors. “Fielding is something we have been talking (about) for so many years and fielding is something as a team we want to improve,” she said.
“When we got together (on) the first day, everyone spoke about the fielding area but the best part was in the last game, we could see everyone dived. They were throwing themselves (around). That is something, as a captain and as a player, I want our fielding side to be the best.” she concluded.
The India Women’s Team will look forward to winning the series after starting with a loss against England. They still have two more games to make a comeback and then have a whole itinerary of matches to be played against big teams like Australia and England. The aim is to win their first ever ICC trophy and the T20 World Cup next year will be a golden chance to register their first triumph in ICC tournaments.