Harmanpreet Kaur ready for the weight of expectations in India

Women's Cricket

Captain Harmanpreet Kaur says India’s thrilling final against England at the ICC Women’s World Cup last year has triggered massive interest at home for the upcoming ICC Women’s World T20 2018.

“Now the expectations will also increase, but that’s good for the team as well. It means we will get a lot of support from back home,” the big-hitting batter shared in an exclusive first-person article for the ICC. “And we can see that with the other teams too. Each team has more fans as compared to a few years ago, and that’s because everyone is playing well.”

Kaur feels women’s T20I cricket has become interesting as there are more match-winners compared to preceding years.


“In the past, we would see a few teams dominate others in T20 cricket. Now every team has two or three hitters who can change the game at any moment. You just can’t take anyone lightly.

“So I think the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 will be a good tournament, and an important tournament, especially for India. If we play well as a team, we can hope for a good performance like last year,” she said.

Kaur, who is ranked sixth among batters in the ICC Women’s T20I Rankings, feels the pitches and windy conditions will throw a different set of challenges for players.

“The Caribbean has some very unique conditions too, and we will be playing those as much as the opposition. Judging by scores in their local tournaments, the pitches seem to be a bit on the slower side,” said Kaur.