Poonam Yadav Anxious About Team's Performance After COVID-19 Break

Poonam Yadav Anxious About Team’s Performance After COVID-19 Break

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Poonam Yadav. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

India women’s cricket team last played a competitive match in March during the ICC T20 World Cup where they reached the grand finale. The star women’s cricketer — Poonam Yadav is worried that they would need enough time to prepare themselves ahead of the cricket World Cup, scheduled in February-March next year. 

The Indian women’s cricket team’s proposed tour, the only major assignment before next year’s ICC World Cup, was called off earlier this week due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, the cricketer hasn’t joined any training camp since the break. 

It will be very difficult to perform: Poonam Yadav

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Poonam Yadav. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Although players are training their own, Poonam believes that it would be difficult to perform instantly when he has been away from the game four-five months. 

“If you turn up at the ground after four-five months, it will be very difficult to perform instantly for all players,” Poonam told PTI.

“But we are keeping ourselves fit and when we are allowed to resume group training, we should be back to full fitness in 20-25 days,” she added.

No clarity of future series: Yadav

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India women’s cricket team. Image Credit: Getty Images

Poonam Yadav, who has featured in one Test, 46 ODIs and 67 T20Is, is disappointed as there is no clarity over hosting of further tours. She added that a massive challenge is waiting for the team. 

“It is a massive challenge. I have been bowling here but it is different in a competitive environment. We last played in March and there is still no clarity over our next series,” said the senior India player.

Poonam began with a bang in the T20 World Cup, taking a four-wicket haul against eventual champions Australia. She could not get the team across the line in the disheartening grand-finale. Poonam has been part of both the World Cup finals India played in the last three years and lost.

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