'Responsibility is something I have enjoyed' - Harmanpreet Kaur opens up on enjoying additional duties

Harmanpreet Kaur gave an insight into her headspace ahead of India's Asia Cup fixture against Sri Lanka in Sylhet on October 1.

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The Indian Women's team will kick-off off their Asia Cup campaign against Sri Lanka on the 1st of October in Sylhet. The Indians will head into the tournament on the back of a historic clean sweep in the ODI series against England. Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur revealed that she is enjoying the added responsibility of leading the side.

Kaur has been leading from the front since the turn of the year and is in the form of her life, scoring 658 runs in her last 13 ODIs at an average of 73.11. She starred in the recently concluded series with a glittering 143 in Canterbury. While she might not be as prolific in the shortest format of the game, she has been at the center of things with a hugely impressive batting average of just over 40.

"Ever since I started playing cricket, responsibility is something I have enjoyed. Leading the team is my biggest responsibility, and I am enjoying that. The coach, support staff, teammates, and BCCI are appreciating, and we all are working together. When you work as a team, you can achieve good results. I am getting all the backing, and the focus has been on performance. I have told the teammates that they have my backing, and they need to go and express themselves," Harmanpreet said in the presser.

'We knew that if we work as per plan, results will show automatically': Kaur on the the historic success in England

Harmanpreet Kaur led the Indian team to a podium finish in the T20 tournament at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year as India secured the silver medal, inches away from claiming the gold medal in the final against Australia. But the disappointment of the final was washed away when her side whitewashed England in their own backyard, claiming the series 3-0. The Indian skipper also lifted the lid on the preparations for the historic success on English shores.

"When we went to England, we wanted to play good cricket. We did not put any pressure that we have to win or do really well. We were just going through the process. Our practice sessions were very calculative... Everything was planned. We were working on something, and when we went there, we did not think of creating any history. We were not surprised with the result because we knew that if we work as per plan, results will show automatically," Kaur added.

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