“One of the privileges of playing International Cricket,” Indian Women’s Head Coach does not downplay the significance of Indo-Pak encounter at the T20I World Cup

The Head Coach of Indian Women's team reveals that his side is ready for the battle against Pakistan on Sunday.


“One of the privileges of playing International Cricket,” Indian Women’s Head Coach does not downplay the significance of Indo-Pak encounter at the T20I World Cup

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The Head Coach of the Indian Women’s Cricket Team Hrishikesh Kanitkar refuses to downplay the significance of the Indo-Pak encounter at the T20I World Cup. The arch-rivals lock horns against each other on Sunday evening, which could very well set the tone for their respective campaigns.

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Hrishikesh Kanitkar revealed that there was a lot of excitement in the Indian camp ahead of their tournament opener against Pakistan. He believes that matches like these are some of the privileges of playing International cricket. India finished as the runners-up at the last edition of the T20I World Cup in Australia, where they were thwarted by the hosts in the final.

“The team is really looking forward to it, and I do not blame them. When you are growing up, you want to play in World Cups, against strong teams and arch rivals. It’s also one of the privileges of playing International Cricket that you can play matches like these,” said Hrishikesh Kanitkar ahead of the much-anticipated clash against Pakistan.

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India have been dealt with an early blow, as they will be without their talismanic batter for the battle against Pakistan. The southpaw has been struck down with a finger injury, however, she could be in the mix for the fixture against West Indies.

Hrishikesh Kanitkar heaped praise on Richa Ghosh, who he believes will shine if she is given an opportunity. The youngster stood out with the bat and the gloves during the U19 T20 World Cup winning campaign recently. “She’s an exciting prospect and I think she has a good future in front of her,” said Kanitkar.

India have been placed in Group B, alongside the likes of the 2016 champions, West Indies, Pakistan and England. Harmanpreet Kaur and Co. will face West Indies after their battle against Pakistan, followed by a mouth-watering clash against England next weekend. Team India have been chasing an elusive ICC trophy for quite a while now, as they have failed at the final hurdle in 2017 and 2020.

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