Harmanpreet Kaur had to bide her time before breaking through in the T20 World Cups but has certainly proved that the wait was worth it. Kaur, now captain, batted just three times in her first seven T20 World Cup games, scoring 12 runs. But has since led from the front to put in some match-winning performances. Speaking of the upcoming edition, she is hopeful of delivering the best for the country.
The seventh edition of the Women’s 2020 T20 World Cup will be held in Australia from February 21, with the hosts defending their world title against nine other teams.
Australia, the most successful team in the Women’s T20 World Cup, will kick off the tournament with a Group A match against India next Friday.
I was very surprised at all the reaction from 2017 – Harmanpreet Kaur
Speaking ahead of the tournament, the Indian skipper Harmanpreet recalled the time when India caught the attention of the world during World Cup 2017. She wants to replicate a similar performance as a team to bring laurels to the country.
“Our team is growing day by day, everyone is looking so positive,” she said. “It’s going to be very big if we win, I was very surprised at all the reaction from 2017. My parents didn’t tell me, they didn’t want us to feel the pressure. If we win, it’s going to be very big for us. We will try to give our best,” Harmanpreet Kaur said, as per ICC official website.
India will enter with a decent squad for the tournament. The young Jemimah Rodrigues and Shafali Verma could be the two youngsters to look out for this time around.
Smriti Mandhana has also enjoyed a fine run of form in T20Is, having 405 runs from 14 matches at an average of 31.15 over 2019.
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Deepti Sharma remains a vital wicket-taking option for India, along with her middle-order role with the bat. Radha Yadav, a 19-year-old spinner from Mumbai, has emerged as a big threat to opposition batting orders in recent times.
Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Taniya Bhatia (wk), Harleen Deol, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Richa Ghosh, Veda Krishnamurthy, Smriti Mandhana, Shikha Pandey, Arundhati Reddy, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Shafali Verma, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav