Rohit Sharma sends a special message to the Indian Women’s Cricket team ahead of World T20

The Indian team is placed in a tough group consisting of Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Ireland.

Harmanpreet Kaur
Harmanpreet Kaur. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Indian women’s contingent will kick off their World T20 campaign on Friday when they will lock horns with a tough New Zealand side at Providence Stadium, Guyana, in the West Indies. Today’s match will be followed by the ones against arch-rivals Pakistan (November 11), Ireland (November 15) and Australia (November 17

In a video posted on Twitter, Rohit Sharma, the Indian men’s interim captain who scored his fourth T20I century recently, had something to convey to the Indian Women who’ll be looking to bring the cup home this time around.

“Best wishes to our women’s cricket team for the T20 World Cup who will be taking on New Zealand cricket team tonight. I’m very optimistic for this one and I’m sure, they’ll bring glory to our country. All the very best,” Rohit said in a video which he posted on Twitter.

Here’s the video

A stern challenge for Harmanpreet and Co

The Indian team is placed in a tough group consisting of Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Ireland. When it comes to the shorter format,  India haven’t been very competitive as compared to the 50-over format, where they finished as the runners-up in the last ICC Women’s World Cup. They lost to England in a match where they looked totally in the driving seat for the majority of the game. They eventually gave in to nerves of the big game.

In the two warm-up games that India have played in, they did fairly well even though they looked a bit scratchy. In the game against Windies, India chased down a modest total of 75 (Original target 116 was reduced due to rain by D/L method), finishing with 77/5.

In their next warm-up fixture against England, India defended a competitive score of 144, beating their counterparts by 11 runs. A young Indian side will look to begin their bid for a maiden title win against New Zealand in the first standalone Women’s World T20. This Indian side will look to add glory to their winless past.

India have never won the ICC World T20 with their best run being semi-final appearances back in 2009 and 2010 respectively. India will look to take the positives out of their warm-up games in order to put up a well-oiled performance against a competitive New Zealand side.

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Written by Daiwik Tadikonda…