India would look to regain supremacy in the Asia and clinch seventh title when they take on Srilanka in the Women’s Asia Cup final on Saturday (October 15) at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet. It will be golden opportunity for India to win their 7th cup in the tournament including all the teams from the Asia. Srilanka would also like to end their Asia Cup title drought and will have eye on to win their maiden title.

Indian Captain Harmanpreet Kaur attended pre match conference on the eve of the game and talked about the adaptability of her team from very different conditions in England to here and appreciated her players strength of character.

Harmanpreet said,” Conditions and wickets were totally different in England, and it is totally different here. We only got one day to change our gears. In England, we were getting good batting tracks and ball was swinging. But when we got here, we had to change our plans. But the good thing was that all the players took the challenge.”

“We got only one warm-up session before the game, so it shows how strong we are as a team. The character is building. It is something I really appreciated in the team meetings also. We are enjoying our cricket.”

Indian team keep shuffling with the team combination throughout the tournament, and Harmanpreet said that the goal to find new match-winners in every game and not to have dependency on one or two players. “When we came to Bangladesh, we discussed that we need to look for a different match-winner,” she said. “We don’t want to depend on one or two players. We want every player to step up, and win the game for the team. I am happy that we are getting match-winners in every game.”

India and Sri Lanka are no comparison on paper, India are far ahead and they will start hot favourite in this game. Sri Lanka require to put up a brilliant show with both bat and ball if they want to beat India. But Harmanpreet is vary of the challenge that Sri Lanka can come up with their approach of playing gritty cricket and not giving up. Srilanka finished the league stage in third place, but with a better winning performance against Bangladesh and in the semi-final against Pakistan, they will be high on confidence.

“We saw a lot of positives in their side, especially they don’t give up till the last ball,” Harmanpreet said. “Their fight is outstanding to watch. Whenever any team plays good cricket, you can always learn from them.”

“This tournament is a great opportunity for all of us, especially teams like UAE, Malaysia and Thailand. It was outstanding to watch Thailand play in this tournament,” Harmanpreet said. “This is a platform where you can test your limitations, what type of cricket you want to play in the future.

“We were always testing ourselves, putting ourselves under pressure, to see how we can go about it. We tried a lot of combinations. The World Cup [in South Africa next year] is around the corner. It was a great platform to test, and we are happy with how we used this opportunity.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *