Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur has expressed her excitement to feature for India in Test cricket. A couple of crucial test matches that India is slated to host in December will see the Women in Blue square off against England and Australia.
Speaking about the same, she was quoted saying in the recent media interaction, “We play ODIs and T20Is all the time. We have been watching Test cricket since childhood, but never really got the opportunity to play in one, at the same time, we want to enjoy these two Tests. We have gotten this opportunity after a long time. If we enjoy the contest, only then we can expect to perform better”.
Playing Test cricket for many cricketers is the pinnacle of the sport and for Harmanpreet Kaur, a glittering career that has lasted for over a decade and more, she has always strived to play more test cricket and has actively advocated for the same. A highlight in her test career has to be the nine-wicket haul she secured in the test match that India played against South Africa in 2014.
It has been over 9 years since India last hosted a test match at home and it presents a massive opportunity for the hosts. India, however, has played tests in their tours of England and Australia drawing them commendably.
“I don’t want to put any pressure on my teammates” – Harmanpreet Kaur
Adding on this in a recent media interaction she said, “We are extremely excited about the opportunity because we will get to play in front of the home crowd.”
India has a major lacuna having scrapped the premier red ball domestic competition and last played it in 2017 so for a lot of her teammates it is going to be a first playing test cricket which could be a daunting proposition.
Acknowledging the pressure of these contests, Harmanpreet Kaur added, “I don’t want to put any pressure on my teammates. I know, we haven’t played many Tests and even our domestic setup doesn’t have a red ball competition in India. We have a short time to prepare ourselves for the Tests, but we will try our best”.
With India playing under the guidance of new coach Amol Muzumdar, the skipper added that she has been “having chats with NCA and our new coach” as she readies herself for this new challenge.
Harmanpreet Kaur, the only Indian selected in the WBBL draft is currently representing the Melbourne Renegades and has been having a rich season contributing with the bat and ball although her team languishes at the bottom of the table.