World news – Shikha Pandey’s omission is a tough call, but it won’t be dropped: Harmanpreet Kaur

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The omission of the Indian pacer Shikha Pandey from the ODI and T20 teams for the South Africa series caused quite a flutter.

Published: March 05, 2021 14:40 |

Last updated: March 5, 2021 2:40 p.m.

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LUCKNOW: Harmanpreet Kaur, vice captain of the Indian ODI team for women, said on Friday it was a « tough call » to expel veteran Pacerin Shikha Pandey from the upcoming limited-overs series against South Africa, but it has not been dropped for good.

The Indian women’s team will play five ODIs and three T20Is against South Africa, starting with the first one-day race here on Sunday, which marks the team’s return to cricket competition after almost 12 months.

Pandey’s omission from the ODI and T20 teams for the South Africa series caused quite a flutter.

« I know it was a tough call, sometimes you have to give other players a chance, » said Harmanpreet , the captain of the Indian T20 team, during a virtual press conference.

« It is not going to be dropped … sometimes you have to take risks, after this tournament we can determine our combination, because in the next 2-3 years a lot of cricket on u « 

The 31-year-old Pandey has played 52 ODIs and 50 T20 internationals for India, taking 73 and 36 wickets respectively.

Harmanpreet spoke about the upcoming series and said that it was despite the There is no rustiness in the team for a longer break and they will try to regain their self-confidence with a good performance against South Africa.

« I don’t think we’re feeling any rust. We are very excited. I know it’s a long hiatus. Sometimes you are not in control of things. I hope we have a great tournament, « she said.

 » Every tournament is important and South Africa is definitely a team that has done very well over the past few years. For upcoming tournaments it is an advantage for us to play well against them and regain our confidence as we play again after a long time. “Time.”

Harmanpreet will complete a century of ODIs when India against South Africa on Sunday competes, and she said this will only motivate her to do better.

« I didn’t know that (100th ODI). I’ll be very excited because first we play after a long time and then it’s mine 100. ODI. Both things give me a lot of energy to play and I hope to do well, « she said. When asked if this break will be a loss for Indian women’s cricket compared to Australia and England Harmanpreet said: « It’s been a long hiatus, but sometimes things are out of your control. Now we can play cricket and we have to make sure we use them. » This time and do our best combination and prepare for the tournaments ahead. « 

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