Harmanpreet delighted at maiden T20 World Cup final

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05 Mar 2020 | 11:47 AM

Harmanpreet delighted at maiden T20 World Cup final

Meanwhile England skipper Heather Knight called for a rule change after rain knocked England out of the tournament



It was double delight for captain Harmanpreet Kaur as India entered their maiden T20 World Cup final and in attendance, for the first time in her international career, were her parents.

An unbeaten run in the group stage propelled India into the final after their last-four clash against England was washed out on Thursday (5th March).

The Harmanpreet-led team progressed by virtue of topping their group in the round-robin stage of the tournament while England were ousted as they had finished second in their pool.

"It was the first time they were going to watch me playing cricket since my dad did when I was in school, and my mother has never watched me play cricket," Harmanpreet said at the post-match conference.

"They wanted to see today's game, but unfortunately, they didn't get to watch.

"It means a lot because from day one I wanted them to watch me playing cricket and today I got this opportunity. They have come here to watch all of us playing, and I hope we get all support from all the parents and try to win this tournament."

Her parents will remain in Australia to watch India play in the final at the iconic MCG, which will take place on her 31st birthday.

After the abandoned match, the India skipper thought scheduling a reserve day for the semifinals would be a great idea.

"Unfortunate we didn't get a game, but there are rules and we have to follow it. Having reserve days in the future will be a great idea," she said.

India entered the semifinals with a 100 percent win record, having beaten hosts Australia, New Zealand, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Group A, and Harmanpreet said the team knew the importance of winning all matches from the beginning.

"From day one, we knew we have to win all the games because in case the semis don't happen, that would be hard for us. In that sense, credit to the team for winning all the games," she added.

It will be India's first-ever appearance in the final of the women's T20 World Cup, having fallen short in 2009, 2010 and 2018.

The skipper is relishing being part of the showpiece and feels it's shaping up to be a special occasion for the sport as a whole.

"We were hoping we'd get there because everybody's feeling very positive about women's cricket at the moment. We'll get a lot of attention back home because everyone wants us to play good cricket and they're expecting us to do well."

"We will try to give our best. If we win, definitely we'll get a lot of attention and a lot of love from back home. Hopefully, like we got in the 2017 World Cup Final, we'll get a very good day for women's cricket," Harmanpreet concluded.

Heather Knight calls for rule change after rain knocks England out of women's T20 WC

Meanwhile, England captain Heather Knight called for a rule change after a rained-out semifinal clash against India knocked them out.

"They're the rules that everyone signed up to," Knight said of the absence of a reserve day.

"You'd hope now that there has been this situation and the game tonight is potentially going to be rained off as well, so you'd hope now there is going to be a rule change and moving forward, no other team will have to experience going out of a World Cup purely because of rain," she said after the abandonment of the game.

"Hopefully it changes," she added.

Persistent rain since morning delayed the toss and eventually the semifinal was called off without a ball being bowled, taking the Indians into the summit clash and leaving England players in tears.

"It's gutting. you put in a lot of hard work. There's not a lot we can do about it..we're just going to have to rue that first game and try to move on but it's going to be a bitter pill to swallow for a few of us now."

Disappointment was writ large on the faces of England players as their campaign ended without them getting a chance to take the field.

Their opening-game loss against South Africa ultimately proved vital as they finished second in the group.

Knight also believed that the tournament was great for the women's game overall.

"It's sad for the tournament. You've got four really good teams competing, hoping to play some really good cricket. That's taken away from us but I'm sure the final will be a great event," Knight said.

"It'll be great day and game for the sport. I'll be there as a fan. It has been a brilliant tournament, which has made it even more of a shame that we lost today.

"Today is disappointing but it won't take too much shine off where the sport has gone and you see if the money is put into publicising it that people do want to come and watch."

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