Eng vs Ind Women - 1st T20I - Harmanpreet Kaur

Eng vs Ind Women – 1st T20I – Harmanpreet Kaur

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She’s confident, however, that she’ll be back among the runs during the T20Is against England

Harmanpreet Kaur has admitted that the longer-than-expected recovery from the groin injury she sustained in March, followed by her contracting Covid-19 later that month, affected her preparations leading up to India’s ongoing tour of England. That, in turn, she said, has played a part in her lean patch with the bat on the tour.

Kaur made 4 and 8 in the drawn one-off Test in Bristol last month, and followed up with 1, 19 and 16 in the ODI series that followed.

“I’m someone who likes to train every day and work hard every day. Because of Covid and injuries I didn’t get much time to prepare,” Kaur said ahead of the first T20I in Northampton. “This is not an excuse because I’m someone who takes a bit of time on the ground to prepare because at the international level, you cannot just come and get things easily.

“Cultivating the mindset and approach you require at this level is not easy. But after five innings [on this tour], I’ve understand how and in what areas I need to improve. In the T20I series you will definitely see a different approach from my side.”

Kaur suffered the groin injury during the fifth and final ODI against South Africa on March 17, and missed the three-match T20I series that followed, with Smriti Mandhana leading the side in her absence. There was no official word from the BCCI at the time on the nature or seriousness of Kaur’s injury.

“During the game [fifth ODI] I had picked up a groin injury on the left side having already been carrying a grade-four injury in my groin on the right side,” Kaur said when asked about the specifics of the injury and rehab carried out thereafter. “Given ODIs are longer [than T20Is] and after rehab… Again, as I said earlier, because of Covid we are not getting those practice games that we get before international assignments. So directly going and playing [in the main matches] and testing yourself is not the right thing.

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