Harmanpreet talks fitness and future

Last year was quite disappointing for Harmanpreet as she suffered an injury and runs dried up. But with the World Cup nearing, she is gearing up to shoulder more responsibility.

Cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur in an interaction with Sportstar in Mumbai on Monday.   -  Vivek Bendre

Harmanpreet Kaur, who guided Supernovas to the Women’s T20 Challenge title in Jaipur on Saturday, believes the tournament can provide a much-needed fillip to the women’s game.

“With this tournament, we can (at least) cut down the gap between domestic and international cricket. Earlier, girls would directly play international cricket after faring well in domestic circuit and that would add to the pressure. The number of games were anyway less, and on top of that, if you didn’t perform, chances of comeback were even lesser,” Harmanpreet said on the sidelines of CEAT Cricket Awards.

“These games are like international games, where you get an idea on how to handle pressure. For a domestic player, it is a chance to get into the groove,” Harmanpreet, who is Indian T20 captain, said.

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Talking about the challenges while transitioning from domestic to international cricket, Harmanpreet said: “The direct transition to international cricket is hard. There are a few people who can adjust to it quickly. Players like Jemimah (Rodrigues) can adapt quickly, but some people take time, so for them it is good. You get to play with so many players and gain experience. You won’t feel the pressure when you finally play international cricket.”

Last year was quite disappointing for Harmanpreet as she suffered an injury and runs dried up. But with the World Cup nearing, Harmanpreet is gearing up to shoulder more responsibility.

“I am focusing on my fitness. As you need to constantly work on it. Second thing is my diet. If the combination of two is good, it will automatically work. Last year, there was a dip in performance and that was mostly because of my fitness and diet,” Harmanpreet said.