Cape Town. Disheartened by last night’s demoralizing defeat to Australia in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur does not know when she will be able to get over the guilt of ‘getting close to winning’. Harmanpreet was run out trying to complete the second run during the semi-final against Australia. His bat was stuck on the ground. His untimely dismissal proved to be the ‘turning point’ of the game, due to which Team India lost by just 5 runs.
Harmanpreet came out to play in this knockout match despite fever and ‘dehydration’ (lack of water in the body) and by playing a half-century innings of 52 runs in 34 balls brought the team closer to victory. In the press conference after the match, Harmanpreet said, ‘It is very difficult to control yourself. Don’t know But I am still in ‘hangover’. During the prize distribution ceremony after the match, she wore dark glasses to hide her tears.
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This Indian team has faced close defeats in many matches, the team lost the ODI World Cup final to England in 2017 and they also had a close defeat in the final of the Commonwealth Games against Australia in Birmingham in 2022. No one else would know this pain except the captain.
‘Don’t know how it’s going’
This woman cricketer from Moga said, ‘Don’t know how this is happening. But after this defeat, only when we go to the dressing room, we will know how many more days it will take to ‘forget’ but I think we played good cricket. That’s all I can say. Before Harmanpreet was dismissed, the Indian skipper and Jemimah Rodrigues had put on a 41-ball 69-run partnership but India’s number one all-rounder Deepti Sharma once again failed to show her ‘power hitting’ skills as she took 17 balls. I scored 20 runs.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : February 24, 2023, 14:14 IST