Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur says the success of the U-19 team in South Africa will provide an extra dose of inspiration as her team chases an elusive ICC trophy in the Women’s T20 World Cup on February 10. India defeated England to win the inaugural Women’s U-19 T20 World Cup on Sunday. The Women’s T20 World Cup is also held in South Africa.
“The victory of the Under-19 team is an added inspiration. Winning a world title is huge and one will always be remembered since it was the first edition of the championship. I congratulate the team on the historic victory and hope we they can emulate in the senior event,” wrote Harmanpreet in her column for ICC.
India has never won a senior world title, having reached the final three times.
“We have older players as well as young players like Shafali Verma and Richa Ghosh, who are fresh from the Indian team’s win at the Under-19 World Cup, play an attractive type of cricket and now have enough experience of top-class cricket as well.
“We have depth in hitting and enough variety in bowling with Renuka Singh moving up well in the pace department to do what it takes against top teams,” said the skipper.
India is currently competing in a tri-series in South Africa ahead of the mega event.
“I am sure this year’s tournament in South Africa will be very competitive. Although Australia enter the tournament as favourites, there is little difference to other teams, with promising close matches and first-class performances.” India had lost 1–4 to Australia at home in December.
“Although we lost the series 4-1, there was enough tension in the series for the thousands that crowded Mumbai’s stadiums. The attendance at those matches also reflected the growing attention that the women’s game has been able to attract in recent times.
“Now it is all about using our experiences, staying focused and not getting overwhelmed at crucial moments. We are confident in our abilities and understand that we need to step up to be remembered as a world class Indian side.” she added.
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