Harmanpreet Kaur
Harmanpreet Kaur (AFP Photo)

Harmanpreet Kaur, India women’s cricket team captain said a women’s IPL can help identify fine talents for the senior national team in the future.

India women’s cricket team captain Harmanpreet Kaur said a Women’s IPL will be hugely beneficial for young domestic cricketers in the country to showcase their potential at the biggest stage, which in turn would benefit the senior national team.

India women settled for silver after losing final to Australia. (Courtesy: AP)
India women settled for silver after losing the final to Australia. (Courtesy: AP)

Harmanpreet Kaur: Women’s IPL Can Be A Big Turning Point For Women Cricket Team

Harmanpreet Kaur’s comments came after India won a silver medal in women’s cricket, which made its debut at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. India lost to Australia after dominating most of the thrilling final at Edgbaston on Sunday, August 7.

India women’s cricket team stars have been playing in overseas T20 leagues and the women’s T20 Challenge, a 3-team tournament that is held alongside the full-fledged men’s IPL.

Secretary BCCI, Jay Shah. Courtesy: Indiatimes
Secretary BCCI, Jay Shah. Courtesy: Indiatimes

“I think women’s IPL can be a big turning point for us. Our players do get opportunities to play overseas leagues. I feel domestic players will get a great platform in women’s IPL.

“We have talented women’s cricketers in the country but many of them don’t have the experience of the big stages. Women’s IPL will be a great platform for them,” Harmanpreet Kaur said.

Notably, the BCCI is all set to launch a full-fledged women’s IPL in 2023. Board secretary Jay Shah, earlier this year, said that the BCCI is committed to launching a women’s IPL next year.

Harmanpreet Kaur Reckons Getting Silver Medal Is A Big Achievement For Indian Women Team

Meanwhile, Harmanpreet Kaur said winning a silver in the Commonwealth Games is a big achievement for the women’s cricket team, adding that losing wickets at regular intervals during the 162-run chase against eventual champions Australia cost them the Gold medal.

“The Silver medal is a big achievement. This is the first time we participated in the Commonwealth Games and it’s a big achievement,” she added.

“We created a situation from where we could have won the match but the last 4-5overs didn’t go the way we expected it to. But that’s the beauty of cricket – even if you think you’re in a good position, the game slips away from you. Today, it happened to us.”

Harmanpreet Kaur looks on during a match BCCI
Harmanpreet Kaur looks on during a match BCCI

“Losing back-to-back wickets was the turning point. In that situation, if we had looked for singles and doubles other than looking for boundaries, we could have hit the big ones at the end with wickets in hand.

“We would have had less pressure. Runs came but we kept losing wickets at regular intervals,” Harmanpreet Kaur added.

India was on course to chase down the total as they were 118 for 2 in the 15th over when Harmanpreet Kaur (65) and Jemimah Rodrigues (33) were involved in a 96-run stand for the third wicket. However, India slipped from 118 for 2 to 152-all out, agonizingly losing another big final.

Australia 161 for 8 (Mooney 61, Lanning 36, Gardner 25, Renuka 2-25, Rana 2-38) beat India 152 (Harmanpreet 65, Rodrigues 33, Gardner 3-16, Schutt 2-27) by nine runs