Yes, you have heard it right! India Women’s team captain Harmanpreet Kaur has been ruled out of the first Women’s T20 International match of the three-match T20I series against South Africa due to an injury.
On Friday, Vice-Captain Smriti Mandhana has confirmed that Harmanpreet suffered a hip flexor injury while batting in the 5th ODI against South Africa on Wednesday. The first T20I match will be held on Saturday.
“Harmanpreet Kaur is out of tomorrow’s T20I match & rest of the update about her condition will be given by the medical team”, Mandhana said during the virtual press conference. India was outplayed by South Africa Women in the Women’s ODI series with South Africa taking a lead with 1-4. Talking about the ODI series Mandhana said that the ODI series is a thing of the past as their focus now shifts to the upcoming T20I series.
“We are trying to forget the failure of the ODI series & our focus is on the T20 series. Yes the ODI series was a huge disappointment for us but we need to forget that & move ahead. Some new faces have been included in our squad, so we need to think fresh”, Mandhana said.
“We had a deep discussion on how to start our preparation for the T20I series & what went wrong in the ODI series & how to go forward. We have to concentrate on the T20Is. We are now looking at the ODI series as a preparation for the upcoming T20I series”.
“We have been quite sloppy on the field & we are trying to work on our fielding. Few catches have been dropped in the ODIs but we need to go with a fresh mind in the T20I series & leave behind the ODI series failure”, Mandhana added.
She also emphasized on the fact that the spinners are India’s biggest strength & they need to work hard in the T20I series.
“Spinners are definitely our biggest strength & they were not bad in the ODIs but they were inconsistent in their bowling in the ODI series. But if we keep pitching the ball in the same areas it will surely become difficult for the batters to bat”, Mandhana concluded.