India T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur on Wednesday said that her side can put pressure on any team in the upcoming ICC Women’s T20 World Cup if they stay in the right frame of mind. She admitted that positivity is the biggest strength of this team and they are eagerly waiting to take on the defending champions Australia in the first game on Friday.
“The nerves do start to kick in because we are very excited about that opening game and we’re looking positive in that,” said Harmanpreet Kaur.
“We are a side that can put pressure on any team, we just look to stay in the right mindset and play in the way we can because that is our biggest strength. In sport, sometimes you are in good form and others you are not. I know that everyone playing in this tournament will look to be positive, and that is good for our team,” she shared.
However, the match against Australia will take place at the Sydney Showground which is considered as a slow track and Kaur thinks that will be helpful for India.
“If the Sydney Showground is on the slower side, it will suit us, and it looks that way currently. We are looking good in that,” she said. “We all know that everyone in India loves cricket, wherever we go we always have our fans out there supporting and we are looking forward to that again.”
Players from both teams will try to reach the final which will take place at the MCG on March 8, hoping to walk out in front of a record-breaking attendance for a women’s game event anywhere in the world.
On the other hand, young Australia pacer Annabel Sutherland, who is also the daughter of former Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland, will play her maiden Women’s T20 World Cup after making her T20I debut recently.
“I’m absolutely pumped, we’re all really excited to get going in what’s a big and really important game against India,” said the 18-year-old seamer.
“I’m loving this experience. I didn’t expect it at all so I’m just looking to enjoy it as much as I can and embrace everything that comes with it. It’s an honour to be part of this team, one that has had success over the years, and I’ve been welcomed in with open arms which has been lovely,” she concluded.