Indian women’s team off-spinner, Deepti Sharma, feels skipper Harmanpreet Kaur’s ability to “keep calm” almost all the time helps with her decision-making in the middle. In Harmanpreet’s first match as a full-time ODI captain, the veteran Deepti produced an all-round show to lift India to a four-wicket victory after a tricky chase in the first ODI against Sri Lanka here on Friday.
Asked about Harmanpreet’s captaincy in the 50-over format, Deepti said: “She always stays calm whether it’s T20 or one day flying. She leads the team very well. Staying clam helps make better decisions, and we enjoying her captaincy. as a team.”
Harmanpreet took over the reins in the 50-over format following the recent retirement of former skipper Mithali Raj.
Cruising at 123 for three, India nearly turned what appeared to be a comfortable 172 run chase after Harmanpreet took off for a well-made 44, slipping to 138 for six.
But Deepti (22 not out) and Pooja Vastrakar (21 not out) ensure that India came out on top with many overs left.
This was after Deepti returned excellent marks of 3/25.
“We knew how the wicket behaved and we worked hard on partnerships. Our plan was to take 3-4 runs each and we knew we could build a partnership that way and end the game quickly,” said Deepti against the match. press conference after the game.
Deepti has been pilloried a lot for her slow percussion and the all-rounder feels like she has developed new strokes that will help her in the long run.
“I’ve worked a lot on both my batting and bowling before the camp, also developing shots, and you all must have seen it here. My role remains the same, finishing matches for the team, and the more I do that the better it is.” is for the team.
“We were losing wickets but my thinking was that I had to finish the game eventually. As a batting unit we focused on short partnerships and we achieved that in today’s game.”
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