In a column for the ICC, T20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur voiced her opinion on how women’s T20 cricket has come a long way in the last two years. She firmly believes that the upcoming T20 World Cup has the potential to revolutionize women’s cricket.
“It wasn’t so long ago that a par score in T20 cricket was 120 or 130. Now, that’s not enough. Teams are looking much more confident and trying to get bigger scores on the board,” said Harmanpreet.
It’s that change in the mindset that means performances are getting better across the board and the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 Click To Tweet
About their preparation for the World Cup, to be played in Australia between February 21 and March 8, Kaur said that the ongoing Tri-series against Australia and England has provided them the perfect platform to gain valuable match practice and zero in on the perfect team combination ahead of the mega event.
“We went out to Australia earlier than a lot of teams and are in the midst of a tri-series with England and Australia, which will be a perfect platform for us. We will be familiar with the conditions over there and that will give us an extra boost to perform well,” the 30-year old added.
Playing to their strengths is one of their mantras the Indian team aspires to stick with. “All of the teams have strengths — but so do we. Our strength is spin,” she concluded.
In the recent match of the Tri-series, India outclassed Australia with an ensemble batting display. Smriti Mandhana struck a sublime half-century and Shafali Verma put in a fire cracking knock of 49 from 28 balls to guide India to a seven-wicket win over Australia. India is second in the table behind England and the hopes of playing the final of the Tri-series are still alive.