Harmanpreet: T20 World Cup victory will be very big for India

India built up to its T20 Women's World Cup campaign with a tri-series involving Australia and England and will face the host in the tournament opener on February 21.

Harmanpreet Kaur during a media interaction.   -  PTI

Not over the disappointment of missing a world title in 2017, India captain Harmanpreet Kaur has set her sights on the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup to be held in Australia from February 21 .

India came close to winning the ICC ODI World Cup in 2017, when it lost to host England by nine runs in the final. Harmanpreet said the team is looking to make the most of the experience gained in the last three years. “Our team is growing day by day, everyone is looking so positive,” said Harmanpreet on Monday.

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“It’s going to be very big if we win, I was very surprised at all the reaction from 2017. My parents didn’t tell me, they didn’t want us to feel the pressure. If we win, it’s going to be very big for us. We will try to give our best.”

Time for change

Harmanpreet is well aware of what a long run in an ICC tournament can do for her country.

“Over the last two years, we have already had a few games as part of the Women’s T20 Challenge and this year we are looking forward to more,” said the aggressive batter, who became the first Indian cricketer to join an overseas league by signing up with Women’s Big Bash League side Sydney Thunder in 2016.

“If we win the World Cup, there’s no doubt things will change. That tournament would bring a lot of confidence to the girls.

“If we get a women’s IPL that will be really good for us. If we win the World Cup, it’s going to be very big for us as a team.”

Build-up

India built up to its T20 World Cup campaign with a tri-series involving Australia and England and will face the host in the tournament opener. The matches will be played in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth with the SCG hosting both semifinals on March 5. The T20 final will be held on International Women's Day.

The Women's T20 World Cup - the second to be a separate event following last year's tournament in West Indies - will follow on from the first standalone Women's Big Bash played in October and November last year.

India's Group matches

February 21: Australia, Sydney Showground, Sydney

February 24: Bangladesh, WACA, Perth

February 27: New Zealand, Junction Oval, Melbourne

February 29: Sri Lanka, Junction Oval, Melbourne

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