Luck has not been in favour for the Indian Women’s cricket team in the past world cup tournaments. From two back to back semi final exits all the back in 1997 and 2000, the Women in Blue were denied of their maiden world title by an inch by the hosts England in the final of 2017. Three years from now, the squad is looking forward to the seventh edition of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, starting this Friday. In between the warm up matches, a light of hope and an aroma of confidence oozes out from the team skipper Harmanpreet Kaur.
With still three warm up game left before the world cup commences, the captains of all the ten participating cricket teams got together for the ‘Captain”s Media Day’ event hosted at the Taronga Zoo in Mosman, Sydney today.
Following the event, Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur shed some words on the squad’s preparation to face the defending champions and hosts Australia in the inaugural world cup match this Friday at the Sydney Showground Stadium.
Speaking to ICC< Kaur said: “Our team is growing day by day, everyone is looking so positive. It’s going to be very big if we win, I was very surprised at all the reactions from 2017.”
Following the 9 runs defeat in the 2019 WC final at Lord’s, India reached the semi finals of the 2018 T20 World Cup, but they faced an unlucky exit again in the hands of the England Women.
Recalling the 2017 WC, Kaur said that a maiden World Cup triumph will be a massive achievement for the squad. The 30 year old continued: “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.”
Inputs came from the young and sensational Jemimah Rodrigues, who believes the tournament opener match versus the Aussies to be very vital for her future. “I think it will be one of the most important games in my career,” Rodrigues told reporters.
The young all rounder made her international T20 debut in the 2018 World Cup against South African Women, and commented on the excitement she is feeling for stepping foot in Australia for the first time.
“Playing a World Cup … the first match in Australia and for me first time playing in Australia. Nothing is more exciting than India in Australia, so it will be a match we all will be keen to play and just excited, can’t wait to get to the first match,” the 19 year old added.
— Harmanpreet Kaur (@ImHarmanpreet) February 17, 2020