With the Women’s T20 World Cup set to begin next month, former Indian cricketer Anjum Chopra has backed Harmanpreet Kaur as the captain. The explosive batsman will be leading India for the first time in a global tournament and Chopra believes that Kaur is ready to take on the responsibility.
“Harmanpreet Kaur will lead India for the first time in a global event and I think she is up for the challenge both as a captain and as a player,” Chopra wrote in a column for International Cricket Council.
The cricketer-turned-commentator further backed Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj to have a major impact in the upcoming tournament. “Smriti Mandhana is another player who could have a major impact on the tournament. Her T20I exploits since early this year have raised her profile as a powerful stroke maker. The dependable and vastly experienced Mithali Raj will be relied on to lay that solid foundation the team would be needing for this high-octane tournament,” she wrote.
Chopra further added that women’s cricket has started to gain attention in India and the T20 World Cup will further rise its popularity. “In India, the women’s game has gained in stature. This tournament is another opportunity for them to consolidate their position. With the promos already running on TV, I am sure people’s attention will slowly and surely begin to focus on this tournament,” she wrote.
The 2018 ICC Women’s World Cup will take place in West Indies from November 9, 2018 to November 24, 2018. India, who are placed in Group B, along with Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Ireland, will face New Zealand on November 9, 2018 in their opening match.