Northampton, July 8 (IANS) The Indian women’s cricket team is taking part in the T20 International series against England women from Friday, driven by victory in the final ODI, but also worried about the failure of their hits, especially captain Harmanpreet Kaur, who has blamed lack of preparation due to Covid-19 and injuries for her poor running.
Test and ODI skipper Mithali Raj was the only performer in the ODI series as she pitched three half-centuries in three matches, including a 75 that was not out in the last match that led the team to a face-saving victory. India lost the series 1-2 after losing the first two ODIs.
However, Mithali is not part of the T20 International team and it is the responsibility of the others like openers Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana as well as Harmanpreet to put a total amount to their bowlers who have struggled under pressure.
India have played 19 T20 Internationals against England and have won only four of the matches. They have lost 15. In England, they have managed to win only one of the five matches they have played against the host.
Harmanpreet blamed lack of preparation due to Covid-19 and injuries for her failures, but said she expects to return to the form in the T20I series.
She did four and eight in the one-time test and one, 19 and 16 in the three one-day international.
“I am someone who likes to work hard and train every day. “Because of Covid-19 and injuries, I did not have much time to prepare, but this is not an excuse because I am someone who takes a lot of time on earth to prepare,” she said.
“At an international level, you can not just come and take things easy. After five innings, I have understood where I need to improve and how. So you want to see a different approach on my part, ”Harmanpreet added.
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