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India came into the Women’s World T20 with a clear plan: to attack. Aggression has often spurred teams out of the mire, but controlling that template can be tricky.
That’s what happened when India’s batting failed in their semi-final against England, sending them crashing out of the tournament. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur was faced with some tough questions after that loss.
What was the plan for the semis?
“I’ll say if you see throughout the tournament our approach was attack, so that is the reason,” Harmanpreet said. “We wanted to attack. I think sometimes it works your way and sometimes it doesn’t work. So I think that was our plan, to attack. And I know the wicket was a bit different here, again at the beginning it was different.”
Leaving Mithali Raj out?
“We were going with a winning combination. We did really well against Australia. And that is the reason we just wanted to go with the same combination.”
Building a young team?
When you’re building the team, you need some more young players to come and perform. I think we are quite a young team and they’re doing well. Jemi (Rodrigues), she’s very mature. She has adapted to the international level very early. It’s a learning process and it’s like building the team. If we get some more young players who take the responsibility, that will be great for us.”