Former Indian captain Diana Edulji has slammed India’s T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur for his poor performance in international cricket for an extended period of time, saying that she is disappointed with Harmanpreet’s performance who used to be her favourite player.
Speaking to PTI, Diana Edulji, said that the same yardstick should be applied to Indian women’s T20I captain Harmanpreet, which was used to drop Jemimah Rodrigues from the Indian team for the New Zealand series and the Women’s World Cup.
“If you are going with the same yardstick which was used to drop Jemimah Rodrigues, what the coach (Ramesh Powar) had mentioned, the same yardstick should be applied to Harmanpreet,” Edulji said.
She further added that Harmanpreet Kaur can’t be part of the team because of that 171 runs knock against Australia in the 2017 World Cup semi-final.
“I am very disappointed with her. She was my favourite player but you can’t survive on that one innings (171 against Australia in 2017). She is only one innings away from a big knock but the effort has to be there.”
Edulji also opined that star batter Smriti Mandhana should become the new all-format captain of the Indian team after Mithali Raj decides to retire.
“Even on captaincy front, Smriti is the front-runner for all formats after Mithali as Harman is not performing. I wouldn’t mind dropping her for the next game. Sneh Rana is a good replacement for her,” Edulji added.
There is no stillness in her stance – Diana Edulji on Shafali Verma
Edulji said that the young opener Shafali Verma needs proper grooming as there is no stillness in her stance. She further added that the bowlers have found Shafali’s weakness and the opener is not being able to play freely.
“Shafali needs a little rap on the knuckle, she needs proper grooming. She is moving towards the square leg and playing. There is no stillness in her stance. I can’t understand why.”
“When she was scoring, there wasn’t this type of (trigger) movement. Bowlers have found her out and that is why she is moving away from the stumps to play her strokes. But you have to respect the bowlers at this level,” said Edulji