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We’re lacking a bowling coach, says India skipper Harmanpreet after loss to Australia in third T20I

Each time Harmanpreet Kaur addresses India’s girls’s group, she stresses on the truth that the gamers want to complete off video games in crunch occasions – an space that has harm them during the last couple of years.

Issues had been no completely different on Wednesday night as Shafali Verma and captain Harmanpreet had cast a 73-run partnership in 54 balls for the third wicket throughout India’s 173-run chase in opposition to Australia within the third girls’s T20I on the Brabourne Stadium.

With the 2 high quality batters taking the Australian bowlers to the cleaners, there have been hopes of a turnaround. However quickly after Shafali’s departure, the house group choked because it misplaced Richa Ghosh and the captain in fast succession to go down by 21 runs. 

Interacting with the media shortly after the defeat, the India captain careworn on the truth that ‘too many dot balls’ harm the group.

“Every time, it’s not about power-hitting. In the last game, if we analyse our game, we were trying to get 10-12 runs per over. Today also, we were getting boundaries, but at the same time, we played too many dot balls. That was the reason, we were not able to win this game,” Harmanpreet mentioned.

“Otherwise, it is not always about power-hitting. You need to analyse your strength. Sometimes, it is about getting 10-12 runs per over and if you can plan your innings calculatedly, keeping those things in mind, that approach can help you win matches. Today, there were quite a few overs, where we had less than seven runs and those are the reasons why we could not chase the total.”

Chasing a tall complete, India didn’t have the most effective of begins because it misplaced Smriti Mandhana early on. Failing to construct on the momentum from the earlier sport, Smriti might simply rating a solitary run earlier than falling to Darcie Brown, who returned to the taking part in XI after lacking out on the primary two video games resulting from sickness. 

However Harmanpreet and Shafali stitched a partnership, protecting India within the hunt. “After losing wickets early, when you can build on a partnership, it’s a positive for the team. Shafali is someone who always wants to go after the bowlers, so at that time, my job was to provide her with maximum strike as she was hitting well,” Harmanpreet mentioned. 

“That clicked for us. Now, Shafali has that experience and she can play till the end. Had either me or Shafali been around till the end, and if the middle-order could have been more calculative, things would have been different. We lost three back-to-back wickets after Shafali’s dismissal and that was a turning point for us,” the captain mentioned. 

‘Missing a Bowling Coach’

Bowling has been an space of concern within the sequence as all three video games have had scores above 170. Within the first sport, India did not defend 172, whereas conceding 187 and 172 within the second and third video games respectively. 

Harmanpreet admitted that although the group doesn’t have a bowling coach, the gamers are taking cost. “I know we are missing a bowling coach but our bowlers are taking charge. They are participative in bowlers’ meetings. They have full responsibility and today [it was] all their plans and they were leading the way, I was just supporting them in the middle,” she mentioned.

With the selectors wanting past Shikha Pandey, Renuka Singh Thakur has been given the position of India’s tempo spearhead. 

“Renuka has the experience because she has done well in the past six-seven months and has got good results. Whenever we set plans for pace bowlers she takes the lead and our video analysts give us a lot of information,” she mentioned.

Failing to construct on the momentum of the Tremendous Over win, India will now be hoping to bounce again within the sequence when the 2 sides meet on the identical venue on Saturday.

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