Heartbroken after a gold medal slipped from their hands, Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur insisted on the need to stop repeating the same mistakes in ‘title clashes’, saying the ‘mental block’ must be broken to move forward. The Indian team capped off the coveted winning gold in the CWG women’s cricket debut, but came up nine runs short after being in a dominant position against mighty Australia. It was a deja vu for Harmanpreet and Co., who had suffered a similar inexplicable blow to Australia’s 2020 T20 World Cup Final defeat and the 2017 ODI World Cup Final in England.
“Every time in grand finals we make the same mistakes over and over (with the bat), that’s something we have to improve on,” Harmanpreet said after the game on Sunday.
“We don’t make these mistakes in the competition phase or bilaterally. That somehow blocks our minds,” the skipper added.
With 50 needed from the last six overs with eight wickets in hand, India looked on course to win the title but lost the last five wickets for 13 runs due to some poor shot selections.
Harmanpreet and Jemimah Rodrigues formed a 96-run partnership, but both played a few bad shots to return to the dugout.
“I’m someone who’s always looking for another batter on the side. Unfortunately, we’re working on that. Once we have that, this thing [collapsing] will disappear.” “After losing two crucial wickets, the way Jemi (Jemimah Rodrigues) and I hit was much needed at the time. You have to keep your nerves in check. We were almost there.’ “If Pooja (Vastrakar) or I had been around, maybe we could have won the match. But that’s part of the game; sometimes you can’t control things. It’s great learning for us,” she added.
Although India finished on the losing side in the summit duel, Harmanpreet is “happy and satisfied” with her side’s CWG campaign.
“I know we were close to winning gold, but all in all our performance was great. This is the first time we are playing in this tournament and we are happy to have won a silver medal.
“A medal is something that people find inspiration in at home and they could start playing cricket. As a team we want to inspire young girls. Performing well on this platform will motivate a lot of people at home.” All-rounder Tahlia McGrath was part of the Australian XI despite testing positive for COVID-19.
“They informed us before the toss. We had no control over that. The CWG had to make a decision and we thought that was okay, as she wasn’t very ill, so we decided to play. We had to show sportsmanship. “
“I’m glad we didn’t say no to Tahlia, in fact it (missing the final) would have been really hard on her.” India put on a spirited field display that helped them limit Australia 161 to 8.
“If you want to beat this Australian team, you have to field well. If you give them easy runs, they can easily take the game away. We discussed it in the team meeting and Radha (Yadav) gave us the example.
“The effort we put in today is something we wanted to do. I know the last 2-3 overs [in the chase] were not in our favour, but throughout the game the way we played was excellent to watch.” “We worked on our fieldwork for a long time. I’m happy with the way we played today. We wanted to do that as a team,” said Harmanpreet.
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