It’s the dawn of a new era for India’s women’s cricket team after Mithali Raj bid farewell to international cricket last week. Harmanpreet Kaur has extensive experience leading the T20Is and as a result, she was also named ODI captain. His first assignment would be the next limited series against Sri Lanka, starting June 23. On the tour, India will play three T20Is and three ODIs. The T20Is will be played in Dambulla while the ODIs will be held in Pallekele.
On Saturday, Harmanpreet Kaur and Head Coach Ramesh Powar spoke at a virtual press conference where they spoke about Mithali Raj’s impact and the team’s vision.
“So I think we set ourselves a target during the World Cup, where we were looking to score 300 points, but we managed to get 270-280. We will be looking to score more than 300 points; we have players who play really good cricket. If we set ourselves bigger goals then we can look for something bigger, and that’s what we’re going to do in the batting department,” Harmanpreet said when answering a question from UK Time News.
“We’ll be looking to give an opportunity to young players who can play 10 overs for us, we’re trying to do a few things. We’ve been working on that during this camp as well, we have a vision, we’re going to look at it,” she added.
Responding to the same question, Coach Powar said: “We are looking for some consistency, we are looking for a winning habit. For that, we have all come together as captain, coach and vice-captain. We have already spoken to BCCI, and VVS Laxman who is in charge of cricket and a few things have happened. We are trying to work on our pitch and our physical condition and take our players to the next level. That is the immediate objective which we are trying to achieve. . We want to win World Cups, but it is important that you build a team that can compete in all conditions and against all opposition.”
Asked about Mithali Raj’s impact, Harmanpreet said: “Well as we all know she has done a good job for women’s cricket. I don’t think there is anyone who can fill that place. We work hard on the team where we can create winning combinations and everything. If we talk about Mithali di, I don’t think there is anyone who can take her place and we will always miss her in our locker room. If I talk about our team, we have a great combination, the first time we’re going to play without our seniors and I think it’s a great opportunity for all of us to build a team. I think we’ve made a excellent preparation during this NCA camp.