Former Indian skipper, Anjum Chopra consoled the current skipper, Harmanpreet Kaur after their loss against Australia. Harmanpreet was visibly distraught after India’s 5-run loss against Australia in the semi-final of the ongoing ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. In a video posted by the ICC, the former skipper can be seen hugging and consoling Harmanpreet after India was eliminated from the 2023 Women’s T20 World Cup.
Speaking after the match, Anjum Chopra said she was trying to console Harmanpreet because this is all she can do from the outside, adding that this is not the first time that she has seen Harmanpreet like this before.
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Explaining the same, Anjum Chopra said, “My intention was to give the captain some empathy because that’s all I can offer from the outside. It was an emotional moment for both of us. India have reached the semi-finals a lot of times and they have lost. This is not the first time I’ve seen Harmanpreet bat like this. I have seen her battling her injuries and health.”
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She also showered praises on Harmanpreet, saying she got herself to full fitness despite looming doubts over her fitness for India’s semi-final against Australia.
Ajum Chopra elaborated, “Today she might not have even played but because this was a World Cup semi-final and because she was Harmanpreet Kaur. She is not the one who takes a backward step; she will go forward and a backward step, she will go forward and she did that. Today, before the match started, she was able to bring herself to a situation where she can play. She ran around in the field for 20 overs and then while batting, she rekindled India’s hopes.”
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Finally, Chopra opined that she could understand what Harmanpreet must be going through, insisting that she was just trying to lessen the sorrow.
Concluding the same, Anjum Chopra said, “Of course, Jemimah Rodrigues also played her part. I can understand what Harmanpreet Kaur must be going through. It was a player-to-player moment with her. I was just trying to lessen her sorrow.”