I Was Clear About India’s XI for World T20 Semi-Final, Admits Harmanpreet Kaur
Indian Women’s Cricket team skipper Harmanpreet Kaur has admitted that the decision to drop Mithali Raj from the team for the semi-final of the 2018 ICC Women’s World T20 was the correct one, and one taken in front of the entire team. However, India lost the game and had to bow out of the tournament.
Meanwhile, the team management’s decision to drop Mithali for the knock-out fixture sparked a massive controversy. Mithali went on to accuse then coach Ramesh Powar and Committee of Administrators member Diana Edulji of trying to destroy her and having a bias against her. Eventually, BCCI removed Powar a week after India lost the semifinal clash and appointed former cricketer WV Raman in that role.
Harmanpreet Kaur, who is currently out of action due to an ankle injury, revealed that everyone had knowledge about the things taking place. Refusing to go in detail, the cricketer from Punjab noted that she had a clear of view of what she was doing. Moreover, she also added that she would continue doing so.
“I don’t know what happened and what didn’t happen because I don’t want to go into that,” Kaur said to News18. “To be honest, when you lead a team your vision should be clear. Whatever used to happen, everyone was informed of what the plan is. A lot of things came … I seriously don’t know about them but as a captain, I had a clear view and I will always have that,” she added.
Raman’s experience will help in long run
Asked about working under Raman, Harmanpreet Kaur said she was hopeful of India forging a successful run across formats and also credited Powar for changing the team’s mindset in a short period. The all-rounder also added that Raman’s inputs are coming in handy and she believes it will help them in the long run.
“WV Raman is also very good, he is very cool minded and very experienced. I think so far it has been really good working with him because he is so experienced. His points and tips really click for you and make you believe in yourself. I think his experience will really help us in the long run,” she concluded.
Meanwhile, Kaur, who is nursing her injury expects to be fit in a few and return to action. India, however, lost the opening T20I after taking home the ODI series 2-1.