Shikha Pandey, India, Australia, Women's T20 World Cup 2020
Shikha Pandey (Image Credits: ESPN Cricinfo via AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

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Indian bowler Shikha Pandey in his interview ahead of her team’s opening game of the impending Women’s T20 World Cup 2020, where she shared her plans, how she plans to tackle opposition batters. The Indian ladies will begin their World Cup campaign against hosts Australia on Friday in Sydney.

The Women’s T20 World Cup is a global spectacle which features ten of the top women’s cricket team. It is set to kick-off when India will play Australia in the opening game on February 21.

The Indian contingent is preparing well for the Women’s World Cup, and veteran T20I bowler Shikha has given her insight on how her team will try to neutralize the threat of opposition batswomen.

Shikha Pandey, India, Australia, Women's T20 World Cup
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As an opening bowler, I’m thinking about early breakthroughs: Shikha Pandey

Having played 45 T2oI games for India, Pandey knows how to put pressure on opposition teams. In her interview, she spoke how Harmanpreet Kaur‘s team will try to take wickets early.

As an opening bowler, I’m obviously thinking about the early breakthroughs and that doesn’t change,” said Pandey, India’s fifth-highest T20I wicket-taker.

“In the first six, we are trying to take wickets and then it’s about containing the batters before coming back and bowling the best you can in the death overs.

Shikha Pandey, India, Australia, Women's T20 World Cup
Shikha Pandey, (Image Courtesy: The Indian Express via PTI Photo/Mitesh Bhuvad)

She further added, “I would say 150 is now a par score in a T20 game, so the first six overs batters actually get a lot of freedom and try to hit as many runs as possible. You just have to stay in the moment and change your lengths according to the wicket and the conditions.”

Shikha will be India’s go-to option against Australia at Sydney Showground, who have won six out of the eight T20I clashes between these two sides.

The Aussie team has been most successful side in the history of Women’s T20 World Cup, having won four titles.

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Nonetheless, the Indian ladies will be confident as they recently defeated Australia in the lead-up to the World Cup in tri-series tournament.