Time is running out for Harmanpreet the leading bat

Northampton, July 10 (IANS) Harmanpreet Kaur’s poor form continued as she could only make one of two balls in the first T20 International against England on Friday night. India’s limited skipper has failed to get past 20 in a round on the entire England tour, where the team has played across three formats.

The 32-year-old right-handed dough that had become one of the hottest properties in women’s cricket after her undefeated knockout of 171 against Australia in the 2017 World Cup catapulted her to star status, has made four and eight in the one-off Test and one, 19 and 16 in the three one-day international so far.

In the 30 ODIs and 24 innings, Harmanpreet has been playing since the 2017 World Cup, she has only managed two half centuries, and these too came far back in early 2018.

Harmanpreet’s form in T20 cricket has not been so good either. She scored a century in November 2018 in a T20 against New Zealand’s women’s team, but since then the 25 innings in 26 games have been fruitless with not a fifty.

Former India butter and skipper Anjum Chopra wrote in a column for IANS on Saturday that she needed to come up with consistent performances.

“Harmanpreet Kaur’s knockout of 171, who is not out in the ICC World Cup semifinals in 2017, will be remembered forever. But the team needs consistent performances from its members, ”she wrote.

While Harmanpreet had blamed injuries and Covid-19 for her poor form prior to the first match, as she had not been able to get adequate combat practice, she hinted on Saturday that the bio-bubble is taking a bit of toll on not just her, but the whole team.

“If we had had an outing, it would have been better because it is very important to turn on and off. On a long tour, it lacks a lot. [But] you have to accept what you have in front of you, ”she said.

However, Harmanpreet will have to lead by example and get back in shape quickly enough if she is to maintain her position as leader of the group. Otherwise, there would be calls to her head.


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