- Sinchan Saha | September 30, 2022 | 5:00 pm
Harmanpreet Kaur, captain of the Indian women’s cricket team, reiterated that Deepti Sharma’s run-out of England batter Charlie Dean in the third ODI a few days ago was legal and that she will always support her players’ freedom of expression on the field. Harmanpreet provided an response to a question regarding England captain Heather Knight’s claim that the Indian team is a liar during an interview prior to the Women Asia Cup 2022, which will begin on October 1 in Bangladesh.
Knight took to Twitter to claim that Indians were lying and that no warning was given after Deepti Sharma revealed on landing in India that she had warned Charlie Dean before running her out at the non-striker’s end.
“The game is over, Charlie was dismissed legitimately. India were deserved winners of the match and the series. But no warnings were given. They don’t need to be given, so it hasn’t made the dismissal any less legitimate. But if they’re comfortable with the decision to affect the run out, India shouldn’t feel the need to justify it by lying about warnings,”Knight wrote in a series of tweets.
Harmanpreet stated that this run-out discussion must end and that he would not comment on the matter. But she said that Deepti’s actions were in line with the rules.
“We have already discussed a lot on Deepti Sharma’s run out of Charlie Dean. I don’t think we have to keep discussing things again and again. Whatever happened, has happened. I am very happy with the performance of the team. We were noticing these things (England batter leaving the crease at non-striker’s end before the ball is bowled) from the last couple of games. She (Dean) was taking a long stride. She was taking an undue advantage. I think it was her (Deepti) awareness that she pulled it off. It was not in our plan to get her out like that. You are on the ground and you want to win at every cost. It was within the rules and we are happy with the result. There is enough discussion on this matter,”said Harmanpreet Kaur.
Harman also talked about how important it was to beat England in ODIs in a historic way. She stated that the team’s consistent effort and planning contributed to the outcome.
“When we went to England, at that time we were looking to play good cricket. We were not putting unnecessary pressure on ourselves. We knew out job at hand and everything was planned. We were working on something and we did not think about creating history. We were just going through our plans. When you have plans and you are working towards something, results will automatically come. We knew if we keep doing the good work, results will come.”she added
Harman added that in the upcoming Asia Cup 2022, she wants to give chances to players who rarely get a game so that a solid squad could be built leading to the T20 World Cup next year.
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“Our first target will be to give enough chances to other players who have not got so for. And we want to work on a lot of areas as a team. Especially, how to use the first 6 overs and if somebody can come and spend some time in the middle in the first 6 overs, we will try to change our batting order so that other batters could also get some time. In the last overs also, we will try and give them enough chances. We will try different team combinations. This is an important tournament for us and it gives a chance to other players who can come and perform. If you perform here, you can get a lot of confidence for the World Cup,”concluded Harmanpreet.