Amol Muzumdar Backs Harmanpreet Kaur, Assures Return for Future

Amol Muzumdar, India’s head coach, assures fans that Harmanpreet Kaur’s recent batting slump is temporary, expressing confidence in her comeback.

India’s head coach, Amol Muzumdar, has dismissed concerns about captain Harmanpreet Kaur’s recent dip in batting form, expressing confidence in her imminent return to scoring prowess. Muzumdar addressed the issue during the post-match press conference after India’s T20I series against Australia concluded with a seven-wicket defeat in the decider.

Harmanpreet faced a slump in form, recording six single-digit scores in the all-format series against Australia. However, Muzumdar pointed out her notable contributions in the one-off Test against England, where she scored 49 and an unbeaten 44.

“In Test matches, she got a 49 and then 44 not out (against England). In the T20Is, it happens to every cricketer. She’s been a great player for India. I’m sure you’ll see some bright performances (from her) shortly,” reassured Muzumdar.

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Reflecting on India’s power-packed international home season, which included Test victories over England and Australia, Muzumdar identified fitness, fielding, and DRS decision-making as areas for improvement. He emphasized the need to focus on these aspects, especially with the Women’s T20 World Cup scheduled in Bangladesh later this year.

Muzumdar acknowledged the team’s efforts throughout the season, expressing pride in their performance despite missing out on a T20I series win over Australia. He mentioned that, despite the results, the Indian dressing room remains a happy space, and the team should be proud of their accomplishments.

“The biggest positive is the girls have responded nicely in all the formats, whether it was Test cricket – we played after nine years in India. Not many had played red-ball cricket till then. In white-ball cricket, we need to focus on our fielding and our fitness,” stated Muzumdar.

As the international season concludes, Muzumdar is optimistic about maintaining the positive spirit in the dressing room, leading up to the Women’s T20 World Cup. Despite the challenges, the coach emphasized the team’s resilience and commitment throughout the season.

IANS