IND-W vs ENG-W: Need to get balance in batting order to close out games, says Harmanpreet Kaur

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IND-W vs ENG-W: Need to get balance in batting order to close out games, says Harmanpreet Kaur
IND-W vs ENG-W: Need to get balance in batting order to close out games, says Harmanpreet Kaur

IND-W vs ENG-W: Need to get balance in batting order to close out games, says Harmanpreet Kaur

IND-W vs ENG-W: The Indian women’s cricket team has struggled to finish games, and captain Harmanpreet Kaur thinks finding the correct balance in the batting order is the key to finding a solution.

India, chasing Australia’s 162 in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games final, was on track at 118 for 2 before losing the plot and being bowled out for 152 in 19.3 overs.

“We are working on that. I know for a long time these things have been troubling us. We need to show some patience and after a while we will start getting the results also,” Harmanpreet said on the eve of the first T20I against England here on Saturday.

“That is why this time we have added two more batters — Dayalan Hemalatha and — KP Navgire — in the side who can finish the game for us. They have done really well in domestic cricket, scored good amount of runs.”

“We need to have balance in our side in the lower order, when there is balance things become easier,” she added.

Having said that, Harmanpreet thinks that the visitors’ batting strategy needs to be adaptable.

“We need to be a bit flexible when it comes to batting because sometimes you have to see who is bowling and whose performance is better against her and who can get those runs for us.

“Batting wise we will be very flexible. We will take calls according to match situations,” she said.

IND-W vs ENG-W: Need to get balance in batting order to close out games, says Harmanpreet Kaur
IND-W vs ENG-W: Need to get balance in batting order to close out games, says Harmanpreet Kaur

After their silver medal-winning performance in Birmingham, when they defeated England en route to the gold medal match, the right-handed batter views the limited-overs tour of England as a fresh start.

“We have done really well in the CWG but now it’s a new start for us. England have always done well against us. For us it will be very challenging. (But) CWG has given us a lot of confidence,” Harmanpreet said.

India are in England on a two-week white-ball tour that comprises six white-ball games — three T20Is and as many ODIs.

The T20s will be held in Hove (September 10), Derby (September 13) and Bristol (September 15. While the ODIs scheduled at Hove (September 18), Canterbury (September 21) and the Lord’s (September 24).

Nat Sciver, the stand-in captain for England, will not be present. Because she withdrew from the series to “concentrate on her mental health.”

But Harmanpreet asserted that England still have sufficient weapons to confront India.

“She (Sciver) is missing the game but still they have a very good side. And I think if we have to beat them we will have to play very good cricket.

“Last 10 days gave us enough time to prepare ourselves. We are looking in good shape, and now it is time to just go there and execute. It is very important for us to stay in the moment,” she said.

Asked about mental fatigue which players go through now-a-days due to constant cricket, Harmanpreet feels it’s better for a cricketer to take a sabbatical from the game when chips are down.

“Ups and downs are part of life. So when things are not going your way it’s better to take a break than pushing too hard. Whenever we faced with such a situation as a team we try to help that player.

“The last time when I was going through these things, playing back-to-back cricket, I took a break after CWG. Playing back-to-back cricket takes a toll on your mental health.”