The Indian women’s team is currently in Sri Lanka and the first T20I between the two nations is already underway in Dambulla. Indian eves will be looking to make full use of their Sri Lanka tour as they prepare for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Ahead of the first T20I however, India women’s captain Harmanpreet Kaur was asked how she would like to emulate Mithali Raj after the legendary cricketer announced her retirement. While Kaur has led India in the T20Is since 2018, she has also taken over the reins from Raj in ODI cricket.
And while it will be difficult for anyone to step into the shoes of legendary former captain Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet are looking to give their best in a vital period for India ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham next month. next.
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After failing to qualify for the knockout stages of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in 2022, Harmanpreet must find new ways to reinvigorate their squad ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games and T20 World Cup in South Africa.
Speaking ahead of the first T20I against Sri Lanka, the 33-year-old said: “We only have three T20s here (in Sri Lanka) and it will be very difficult to give everyone an equal chance.”
She continued: “We will try to cover all areas to help everyone prepare (for the Commonwealth Games).”
And while Harmanpreet will do her best to emulate Mithali as India’s new captain in all formats of the game, she knows it will be impossible to match everything the former India skipper has done over the course of the game. his illustrious career.
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“Mithali has done a good job for women’s cricket and I don’t think there is anyone who can replace her,” Harmanpreet said.
“We are working hard on our squad where we can create combinations but if we talk about Mithali, I don’t think there is anyone who can take her place and we will always miss her in our dressing room.”
With ANI inputs