He shared his experience and spoke about batting approach: Harmanpreet Kaur on Ajinkya Rahane's tips
After seven long years of hiatus from the longest format of the game, the Indian team will set foot on the County Ground in Bristol for the historic one-off Test match against England. The game will be played across four days, a norm for women's Test match starting from 16th June.
In a pre-match press conference, Harmanpreet Kaur shared insights on the preparation of the side for the iconic Test. She said, "We have tried to create match scenarios in the time we had. We did not get any practice games, but it is very important for us to adapt to the situation as a player. The conditions will be a lot different to India, and the ball will swing. We still have two more days, and hopefully, we will prepare well and be match ready."
The last time the two sides locked horns at Wormsley, the visiting side registered a six-wicket victory courtesy of a crucial partnership of 68 runs between Mithali Raj and Shikha Pandey in the final innings of the match.
While the Indian team has not spent considerable time playing in the most challenging format of the game internationally or even in the domestic circuit, the vice-captain revealed we might see plenty more of red-ball cricket for the team in the coming years.
Despite not having the experience in the Test arena, the team will benefit from the wealth of knowledge shared by Ajinkya Rahane. "He shared his experience with us and also spoke about the approach we should have as a batting unit in this long format. We did not have a lot of practice, but we discussed a lot of things so that we can mentally prepare ourselves for the match," she said.
While the team had as many as eight debutants last time around, this time too, the team has plenty of new faces, including the teenage sensation, Shafali Verma.
"We have never tried to change Shafali because she is a natural talent. We have always tried to create the right atmosphere for her to enjoy her game and not feel any pressure. She was looking great in the nets and I hope if she gets a chance to play, she will do well, "she concluded.