Indian women's team are going to build on the ideas they have gathered during their limited-overs of Sri Lanka and apply them at the Brimingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Ahead of the tournament opener, India will take on world champions Australia at Edgbaston on Friday.
Despite not playing at the venue before, India captain Harmanpreet Kaur is positive they can outsmart their opponents to reach the semifinals to have two shots for a medal finish. India are in Group A with Barbados and Pakistan besides Australia.
"Winning all the games is something very important when you are playing a tournament like this. But, the first game is always important because you have to set the tone. The other two teams are important as well, so we have made plans for them. We are taking one game at a time, and right now our full focus is on the first game," Kaur said ahead of the match.
Speaking about the pitch conditions, Kaur said they didn't get time to analyse the pitch due to the opening ceremony of the multi-sport event.
"We haven't played here. Most wickets are similar here in England. We went to the stadium yesterday. We weren't able to look at the pitch but we got some time in the nets. I think the net wickets are quite similar," she said.
"You always get some help for the bowlers also because of the weather and the grass on the wicket. I think it'll be great for both batters and bowlers. When we got to bat in the nets, we didn't face much difficulty. That's a positive for us," Kaur added.
The Indian skipper explained that swinging a golf club in the nets has helped her focus with the bat.
"Before I go to bat, I use the golf club so that I can warm-up myself right away. In the T20 format, you have to go and hit from the first ball. If the body is warmed, it's good for you. I can use it for my wrist warm-up, shoulder warm-up. I should feel I'm ready to go and swing the bat. It's helping me and I've tried this for the last couple of series and it's working well," she said.
India suffered a big blow ahead of the tournament after allrounder Pooja Vastrakar and top-order batter S. Meghana tested positive for COVID-19. However, the ideas discussed by them during the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka last month have been valuable for the team.
"We still have a balanced side. We need to just shuffle our batting order and bowl intelligently. We can have a great competition. Right now, we are working on the killing attitude. Everyone's talking about it and we are working on it. During the Sri Lanka tour, we had a team meeting, Pooja (Vastrakar) came up with this idea and said we have to play that way. It felt really nice to see players giving ideas," Kaur said.