Harmanpreet Kaur talks about need to develop ‘killing attitude’ ahead of CWG opener | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

BIRMINGHAM: Captain of the Indian women’s cricket team Harmanpreet Kaur wants its players to develop the “murderous attitude” possessed by the champion teams of the past.
India are still far from becoming a world champion, but all the players who are here for the Commonwealth Games have bought into an idea suggested by a versatile player. Pooja Vastrakar during the tour in Sri Lanka last month.
Harmanpreet, who began his tenure as all-format captain with the Sri Lanka Series, believes a ruthless approach is needed even when the chips are down.
“During the tour in Sri Lanka, we had a meeting with the players. I asked the girls how they wanted the team to play. Pooja gave a good answer about the killer attitude.
“Right now we’re working on that, whether we’re training or playing. Everyone talks about it in the team. All the players have bought into that and Pooja is someone who comes up with fun ideas all the time.” , Harmanpreet said on the eve. of the opening match against Australia at the Birmingham Games.
Pooja is not yet in the squad, however, as she was forced to stay in India after returning a positive COVID-19 test a day before the squad left for Birmingham.
“She’s been fine for a year. Normally senior players give a lot of ideas, but she came up with this and talked about it and I really liked that.”
India had an optional training session on Thursday with six players traveling to Edgbaston.
Harmanpreet, who was seen swinging golf clubs during practice Wednesday, stayed at the team hotel. With the team having a game in the morning, they are unlikely to make it to the opening ceremony on Thursday night.
“Things are looking good. We have three practices so far. We are in great shape. The conditions will help the bowlers, but it will also be good for the batters. However, we just have to worry about execution,” the boss said.
The team will look to find the right balance in the T20 format.
“We have a balanced team and we have to mix up our batter and our pins here and there for the right combination.”
As women’s cricket makes its CWG debut, all eight teams are staying in the same hotel that has been turned into a village. The players go out for meals from their downtown hotel and have become accustomed to the atmosphere of the Games.
With the exception of all the captains, the players of the eight teams share rooms they wouldn’t otherwise need during the bilateral series.
“Staying in the village is different from usual. We’re enjoying it and we’re adjusting and getting used to it,” Harmanpreet said.
The clash against Australia will be followed by the big game against Pakistan on July 31.
“We know the stakes are high but when you play you just think about doing well on the day. When we were kids we saw the men’s Indo-Pak games. We were excited as kids but as players, those things don’t matter,” she added.

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