India have evolved beautifully in the last two years in the shortest format of the game and the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup has the potential to revolutionise the game, thinks India T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur. Although India faced a few setbacks in the ongoing T20 Tri-series, they registered a convincing win against Australia in their last league game. In a recent column for the ICC, she wrote how women’s T20 cricket has come a long way in the last couple of years.
“It wasn’t so long ago that a par score in T20 cricket was 120 or 130. Now, that’s not enough. Teams are looking much more confident and trying to get bigger scores on the board,” said the flamboyant batter. “It’s that change in the mindset that means performances are getting better across the board and the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 has the potential to revolutionise the game even further.”
The mega event will kick start in Australia on February 21 where India will take on the defending champion Australia.
“If I look back two years, India’s 50-over side was doing well and our T20 was struggling. But in the past two years, we have transformed as a T20 team and are very positive going to Australia. When you look at the other teams competing in the World Cup, they’re all looking in good shape ahead of the tournament. All of the teams have strengths but so do we. Our strength is spin,” said Harmanpreet Kaur.
She again said that tri-series will help the team management to find the best XI for the T20 World Cup. However, the spinners have been doing their job pretty well for the team, it is the middler-order which needs to step up.
“Our bowlers are always looking for the wicket-taking delivery and when we have our backs to the wall,” she said. “We haven’t always managed to deliver on our potential as a team and winning games is always about how well you’re able to execute your skills.”
“In recent series wins over South Africa and the West Indies, we played to our full potential and that helped us get positive results. If we give 100 percent as a collective, results take care of themselves,” said the captain.