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Harmanpreet candid in CWG aftermath

Harmanpreet Kaur did not shy away from accepting the mistakes of the Indian women’s cricket team after their heartbreaking loss to Australia in the final of the Commonwealth Games women’s cricket competition 2022.

Honest response

Harmanpreet echoed the sentiments of the analysts and critics and said that this had become a trend that India hadn’t been able to get over the line in the finals of big events.

She stressed the mistakes that the Indian team has been making with the bat, which is leading to collapses. As a result, India are missing out on trophies and medals by a very small margin.

Mistakes repeated 

“Every time in big finals, we make the same mistakes again and again [with the bat], that is something we have to improve,” Harmanpreet said. “We don’t do these mistakes in the league phase or in bilateral. That is blocking our mind somewhere. I am someone who is always looking for one more batter in the side. Unfortunately, we’re working on that. Once we get that, this thing [collapsing] will go away.

“After losing two crucial wickets, the way Jemi and I batted was much needed at that time. You need to hold your nerves. We were nearly there. Maybe if Pooja [Vastrakar] or I were around, we could’ve won the game. But that is part of the game; sometimes some things you can’t control. It is great learning for us. If you want to beat this Australian team, you have to field well. If you give them easy runs, they can easily take the game away. We discussed it in the team meeting and Radha set the example for us,” she added.

The solution

Harmanpreet Kaur, the Indian captain across formats, came up with a solution of her own and said that they were looking at how she could include an extra better in the team, which will go a long way in helping the side in such situations.

While it is disappointing that India hasn’t been able to step up in the big matches, the Indian fans must appreciate the fact that they have started making the finals on a consistent basis, and the time is not far when India will lay their hands on a multinational trophy.

Saksham Mishra

Justifying hours of watching sports by scribbling down a few logical lines that might just about hold your interest. Was not talented enough to make it as a professional cricketer, so the next best logical option was to enroll in a Mass Communication course, and write about sports instead. Because, what else is there to write about in this world, right?
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