India women’s team captain Harmanpreet Kaur has said that they “forcefully played” in wet conditions in the first T20 International against England, resulting in a nine-wicket loss for the visitors. India beat England at the Commonwealth Games semi-final recently, but the T20 series did not start well for them on Saturday as well.
“We were not able to get the runs we were expecting. I just feel we forcefully played because conditions were not 100 percent fit to play,” Harmanpreet Kaur said after the match.
However, the Indian captain backed her teammates and she added that despite the wet conditions which could have seen injuries during the team, everyone in the team continued to give their best as well. Moreover, Radha Yadav sustained a shoulder injury while giving a diving effort in the second over of England’s chase as well. And, her sudden departure from the field cost them the game also.
“Still I am happy the way girls put the effort because when there are chances to get injured but they are ready to play. That’s what you need to have team-mates in the team (for) who can score in whatever conditions and I am happy the way we put our efforts,” she further said.
“I know it was not 100% conditions to play cricket and still we were putting efforts. I know the ground was too wet and there were so many chances to get injured and one of our players got injured also. She was our main bowler and that’s why we were lacking. We were one bowler short and the way we were trying to put efforts (meant a lot),” she said. “I am really happy girls were coming forward to give 100%,” Harmanpreet Kaur concluded.