Sri Lanka tour is a great opportunity to build a team: Harmanpreet

The likes of Mithali Raj – who recently retired – and Jhulan Goswami are not there in the squad, but Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur felt on Saturday that the upcoming limited tour of Sri Lanka was a great opportunity to “build a crew”.

“We are working hard on our team, we have great combinations. And for us it’s a good tour to start, because the first time we will play without our seniors and a great opportunity for all of us to build a team. “, said Harmanpreet during the virtual press conference before departure.

“For me it’s a great opportunity where you can build a good team because Sri Lanka, I don’t think it’s going to be an easy tour for us.” Mithali Raj has retired from all forms of the game, while experienced pacemaker Jhulan Goswani does not travel to the island nation. Harmanpreet was named ODI skipper, in addition to his role as captain of the T20I.

She insisted on giving opportunities to young players.

“In the field department as well, we will give opportunities to young players who can play 10 overs and look for breakthroughs. We try to do small things, where we (have) worked in this side (NCA) and we have a vision , so we’re going to look for that (in terms of implementation),” she said.

“If we’re talking about our bowling unit, that’s when they take responsibility and this tour will be a great platform for them to perform where they can take charge and play the full quota.” For us, it’s important, whatever we plan, we should go and deliver, that’s what we look forward to as a unit,” she added.

India will play three ODIs and as many T20Is on their tour of the island nation, starting June 23. ”No one can replace Mithali” ================= == ”Well, as we all know, she (Mithali) has done a good job for the women’s cricket and I don’t think anyone can fill that spot. If you’re talking about Mithali Di, I don’t think there’s anyone who can take her place and we’ll always miss her in our locker rooms and the things she’s done so far,” Harmanpreet joked.

ODI: would be looking to score more than 300 points per game ================================ So does Harman wants the team to play a specific brand of cricket in the ODIs? “I think we made a few during the World Cup, where we were looking for 300 points, but we managed to score 280, 270. But this time we will be looking to score more than 300 points.

“Now we have players who play cricket well. I think if we set bigger goals, we can look for something bigger for ourselves and as a batting unit, that’s what we’re going to do,” she added.

Harman stressed that the team would look to focus on the first combination in the T20s.

“In T20 we will look (at) our first combination and try to give them as many matches as possible. In the ODIs we have time to prepare for the next World Cup, where we will see if we can give a luck to every player,” she added.

As a hitter, Harmanpreet will be looking to score as many runs as possible.

“I want to score maximum points for my team. Hitting is something very important. Leading a team will be the second part because as a hitter, if I can do well, it will be easy for me”, a- she declared.

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