Harmanpreet Kaur backs India to fill Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami’s shoes

Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami are the major absentees in India’s ranks but captain Harmanpreet Kaur is backing her youngsters to fill the legends’ void. Mithali Raj played in the last edition of Women’s T20 World Cup which was held in 2018.

Raj stepped away from T20I cricket last year while Goswami previously played in the format before the last ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, leaving Indian squad. They are unarguably the best batter and bowler of this generation.

 

Mithali Raj. Women's T20 World Cup 2020
Mithali Raj. Women’s T20 World Cup 2020

 

As part of the transition, the average age of their squad in Australia is 22.8.  Kaur recognized the importance of her own switch in the role of young talent to elder stateswoman.

“We already miss the experience they share with us, but these young girls are showing their talent and ability,” said the 29-year-old, speaking at the captains’ media day at Taronga Zoo, Sydney.

“They never show us that they’re young, they can always do what we expect of them. The team is looking in really good shape and showing what they can do with extra responsibility.

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Our team is growing day by day, everyone is looking so positive. The tri-series with England and Australia was a good stage for us to prepare ourselves very well and we’re ready to give our best to try and win for our country.” she added.

Kaur, who was part of that side that finished runners-up in the Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017, is well aware of what a long run in an ICC tournament can do for her country.

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And with the growing success of domestic competitions such as Australia’s Women’s Big Bash League, she is hopeful that India can soon enjoy their own breakthrough and take the domestic game to the next level.

 

Harmanpreet Kaur. Women's T20 World Cup 2020
Harmanpreet Kaur. Women’s T20 World Cup 2020

 

“Over the last two years, we have already had a few games as part of the Women’s T20 Challenge and this year we are looking forward to more,” said Kaur, who became the first Indian cricketer to join an overseas league when joining WBBL side Sydney Thunder in 2016.

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We’ve seen it from the WBBL, girls are going and playing there and getting confident, then doing really well in international. If we get a women’s IPL that will be really good for us.

If we win the World Cup, it’s going to be very big for us as a team, so we will try to give our best.”

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