Harmanpreet Anticipates Test Return : India’s captain, Harmanpreet Kaur, faces an extraordinary challenge as she prepares for two home Tests after a demanding WBBL campaign.
Harmanpreet Anticipates Test Return : India’s captain, Harmanpreet Kaur, faces an extraordinary challenge as she prepares for two home Tests after a demanding WBBL campaign.Despite her illustrious international career spanning 14 years and 285 matches, Harmanpreet has only played one home Test, back in 2014 against South Africa. The upcoming series against England and Australia in Mumbai will see her play more home Tests in two weeks than in her entire previous career.
Complicating matters is the limited preparation time. Harmanpreet, currently participating in the WBBL in Australia, has just ten days between the end of her team’s campaign and the commencement of the three-match T20I series against England, leading up to the Test starting on December 14.
Expressing excitement for the home series, Harmanpreet acknowledges the challenge of transitioning from white-ball cricket, which has been the norm for her in recent years, to the red-ball format. The lack of red-ball cricket exposure in domestic matches adds to the challenge.
Harmanpreet’s Renegades teammates, Tammy Beaumont and Georgia Wareham, are also grappling with compromised preparations. While Australia had hoped for Test-match practice during the WBBL, the packed schedule and travel constraints made it difficult to implement.
Reflecting on her absence from India’s last Test due to injury, Harmanpreet emphasizes her focus on observing the game to understand long-form cricket dynamics and tactical leadership.
Despite the immediate cricket challenges, Harmanpreet remains committed to finishing the WBBL season on a positive note with Renegades. Anchored to the bottom of the table, the team aims to salvage a win against Hobart Hurricanes before concluding the season with the Melbourne Derby at the MCG.
The upcoming Melbourne Derby holds special significance for Harmanpreet as it marks the first standalone fixture for the WBBL at the MCG since the historic 2020 T20 World Cup final. Thrilled at the prospect of playing at one of the best stadiums, Harmanpreet looks forward to the opportunity to showcase her skills once again at the iconic venue.