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WPL will cut the difference between India and Australia: Harmanpreet Kaur

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Last updated on 03 Mar 2023 | 02:44 AM
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WPL will cut the difference between India and Australia: Harmanpreet Kaur

The vice-captain of Delhi Capitals, Jemimah Rodrigues feels the semi-final loss to Australia still haunts the team

The Women's Premier League is all set to kickstart on March 4 (Saturday), with the Mumbai Indians taking on the Gujarat Giants in the opening fixture at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai. 

The skipper of the Mumbai Indians, Harmanpreet Kaur is upbeat about the league and feels that this will be an ideal opportunity for the domestic players to stake a claim for themselves in the national side. 

"I think this is a great platform for all Indian players because we have been missing this tournament for a long time. Definitely, for Australia and England, the WBBL and Hundred have worked very well, and after those tournaments, they've got so much young talent," she said in a press conference as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo. 

"After the WPL, we are also going to get some good talent and I'm sure the difference between India and Australia sides we'd love to cut down. When you see good talent coming up, you're definitely going to make a good team after the WPL," she further added. 

Harmanpreet's Indian teammate Jemimah Rodrigues too echoed the sentiments of her India captain and said, "We have been pushing the doors for a very long time. We are getting there, we are getting very close. But I am sure the WPL will change a lot for women's cricket. You will find many superstars coming out from it, many leaders, or many match-winners, I would say."

The 22-year-old also believes that the Women in Blue are still recovering from their semi-final defeat against Australia in the recently concluded T20 World Cup, and the WPL is a blessing in disguise for them. 

"It's not been easy after losing the semi-finals, and a few days were really tough for all of us. It took us a while to get out of it, and we've still not gotten out of it.," Rodrigues said. 

"The WPL is like a blessing in disguise because it's going to help us get involved and get busy in preparing for this that it'll help us take our mind off the World Cup. But yes, those thoughts will keep haunting us," she concluded. 

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