Harmanpreet Kaur: We are not dependent on Mithali

"If Mithali doesn’t click in some matches, we take up the challenge and see the team through."

Harmanpreet Kaur scored 40 of 29 balls.   -  K Murali Kumar

Player-of-the-Match Harmanpreet Kaur today said that the Indian batting is no more dependent on captain Mithali Raj and they have good top order batswomen, including opener V R Vanitha, to take up the challenge.

“Of course good openers like Vanitha have helped me play freely. In the last two years, we did not have good openers and we all depended on Mithali (Raj), but things have changed now. If Mithali doesn’t click in some matches, we take up the challenge and see the team through,” Kaur told reporters during the post-match session at the Chinnaswamy stadium here.

Replying to a query on the strategy adopted by the Indians after losing two quick wickets under ten overs, Kaur said she was advised by Mithali to settle down and the captain would go after the bowling since the pitch was turning.

“Mithali had already settled when I walked in. She told me to first settle down and she would go for the hits. This was the strategy because the wicket was turning unlike it didn’t the last time we played here,” she said.

Kaur said she enjoyed both the sixes she hammered as they came at a very crucial time for her team when they were looking to raise the scoring rate.

Asked whether the match was won by India in the first ten overs when the visiting side were struggling at 35 for three, Kaur said: “It is a T20 game. We were trying to look at the full 20 overs, and then celebrate. It is a T20 game, and we cannot take anybody lightly,” she said.