Have full faith in my team: Harmapreet

Rues dropped chances, says have to work on fielding

India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur said on Sunday she had full faith in her team to do well in future after Australia outclassed her side by 85 runs in the summit clash of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup here.

Unbeaten throughout the tournament, India was outplayed in all departments of the game. “The way we played in the league games was outstanding. I still have a lot of faith in my team,” Harmanpreet said after the match.

“It’s part of the game, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. You have to keep learning. But I trust this team,” she said.

Harmanpreet, however, rued the dropped chances of Beth Mooney and Alyssa Healy, who set up their team’s victory. She said the team needs to work on its fielding and learn from the mistakes.

“Today, it was unfortunate that we dropped those catches. The upcoming one-and-a-half years is very important. We need to focus, especially in fielding,” she said.

The skipper reckoned her side needed to learn how to win high-stakes clashes. “If we talk about the last T20 World Cup, we got to the semis, and this time to the final. I think we’re on the right path. Every year we are improving. We just need to think of how we play with focus in the main games. Sometimes we don’t manage that,” she said.

She spoke highly of the domestic IPL style Women’s Challenger tournament, saying the event had helped spot talented players for the national team.

“This year we are hoping for some more games in the Women’s Challenger. That tournament is very important for us because it is high quality. From there we already got two good players, and hopefully we can get more.”

Wonderful group

Australia captain Meg Lanning was delighted by her team’s performance throughout the tournament.

“I’m just really proud of this group of players and staff. We’ve had everything thrown at us — ups and downs. It was tough, definitely, especially after we lost that first game. There was a lot of expectation on us, inside and out. Definitely some tough times in there but we stuck with each other, had each other’s backs,” she said.

Australia was dealt major blows when star all-rounder Ellyse Perry and pacer Tayla Vlaeminck were ruled out and Lanning said the duo’s absence affected team plans.

“Coming in they (the injured players) were a big part of our plans, we had to go to Plan B and C.”

Talking about the record turnout at the MCG, the most in a women’s cricket match, she said, “It has been massive, 86,000 people at the MCG, I’ve never seen it before and didn’t think I’d be part of it in the middle.”

Player-of-the-Tournament Beth Mooney said her team was aware of the shortcomings from the group stage loss against India and worked on executing plans properly.

Lost for words

“I’m a bit lost for words. It has been an unbelievable tournament. The crowds have been great throughout the tournament,” Mooney said.

“Didn’t really do anything differently. We had some plans we didn’t execute in that first game. I think we stuck to our processes. We sort of knew what went wrong against India in the first game and we worked on our plans accordingly,” she added.

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