Indian women team’s world cup campaign came to a halt as England mauled Team India in the semi-finals by eight wickets. Along with the margin of the defeat, the talking point of the game was Mithali Raj’s absence from the team but Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur feels no regret over the decision and explained that the decision was for the team.
India experimented with a different opening combination against the match against Australia and it worked for the team. Then in the next game, the semi-finals, the team fielded the same combination which meant senior batter Mitahli Raj had to sit out for the crucial encounter.
After the match, Harmanpreet explained the reasoning behind this decision. She said that it is not about not selecting Mithali, it is about keeping a winning combination. She noted that whatever they decided, they decided for the team. She admitted that sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t and she has no regrets.
She explained that they did really well against Australia, and that is the reason they just wanted to go with the same combination.
At the same time, the Indian captain noted that she is proud of the way the girls played through the tournament. She thinks they are a young team and they still need to work on their mental strength.
She believes that if they can work on how to play under pressure, that will change how they play these games.
She admitted that the score was not enough but still she had enough faith that, if they could have bowled better, they could’ve won the game.
She further added that it is a part of the game sometimes and she thinks if they had 140-150 then definitely they would have won the game.