India’s Commanding Performance Sets Tone for T20 World Cup

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Harmanpreet Kaur lauded India’s composed demeanor during their resounding 5-0 series victory against Bangladesh, expressing her desire to replicate this calmness at the upcoming T20 World Cup. In contrast to their previous encounter in Bangladesh, where Harmanpreet faced criticism despite India’s 2-1 triumph in July 2023, this series presented numerous positives for the Indian squad, with matches largely dominated by India.

“The poise exhibited by all players throughout the series is a quality I aim to carry forward to the World Cup,” remarked Harmanpreet following India’s 21-run triumph on Thursday. “Whether batting, bowling, or fielding, there was a sense of tranquility, despite occasional lapses. We understand areas for improvement and will diligently work on them in the coming month.”

A notable highlight from the series was Harmanpreet’s resurgence after a lean patch. Having endured six single-digit scores in the white-ball series against Australia, she showcased consistent performances against Bangladesh, registering three scores of 30 or above in four innings. Additionally, players like Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana contributed with two 30-plus scores each in what was generally a low-scoring affair.

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On the bowling front, Radha Yadav emerged as a standout performer with ten wickets from five matches, making a compelling case for her return to the national side. Deepti Sharma’s experience proved valuable in maintaining pressure, while Shreyanka Patil and debutant Asha Sobhana made noteworthy contributions with the ball.

The success in Bangladesh was attributed by Harmanpreet to the confidence gained from the Women’s Premier League (WPL), where Indian players honed their skills leading up to the series. Looking ahead, India’s focus shifts to a multi-format series against South Africa followed by the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka, leading up to the T20 World Cup in October.

“The WPL instilled a sense of confidence in our players,” Harmanpreet emphasized. “The momentum and form gained during that period are reflecting in our performances here. As we prepare for future tournaments, including the World Cup, we are committed to showcasing our best cricket and maximizing our potential.” India is scheduled to commence their World Cup campaign against New Zealand on October 4 in Sylhet.

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