Shantha, Rangaswamy, Harmanpreet Kaur,
Harmanpreet Kaur. (Photo by Harry Trump-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

Harmanpreet Kaur has endured tough battles. She was the part of the Indian women’s cricket team which lost the ODI World Cup final in 2017 before recently getting battered by Australia in the T20 World Cup final.

At the T20 World Cup final, India dropped quite a few chances early on in the game and Harmanpreet Kaur believes Australia capitalised on it.

“When you lose half chances and then it’s hard for a bowlers to get that confidence back and then easy for batters because then they get chance and then they are batting freely, they don’t have any pressure but I don’t think we were fielding under any pressure but unfortunately we were not able to create those chances because that was very crucial. They both were in great form and you cannot drop their catches,” said Kaur.

2017 loss was more disappointing: Harmanpreet Kaur

Harmanpreet Kaur, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma
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India lost the 2017 ODI World Cup final by a close margin of nine runs against England. Harmanpreet Kaur believes it was tough final to lose as they came agonisingly close to clinh the title.

“The 2017 loss was more disappointing because that was so close but today what we were expecting ourselves, we did not play that cricket. But as our team is quite young and we did really well in the league games. In the last T20 World Cup we reached semi-finals and this year we made it to the final. I think if we keep working and improving, then in the future we can win,” Harmanpreet Kaur said.

Disappointing chase from India

Shafali Verma

India lacked composure at the big stage. 16-year-old Shafali Verma was sent packing in the third ball of the match with Smriti Mandhana, Jemmimah Rodrigues and Harmanpreet Kaur following the suit.

Deepti Sharma (33) showed some resilience for India but till then the match had already slipped out of India’s grip.

Veda Krishnamurthy (19) and Richa Ghosh (18) played cameo knocks towards the end but there was no real intent shown by them.