Anjum Chopra Highlights Harmanpreet Kaur’s Form Slump After Women’s BBL

Anjum Chopra analyzes Harmanpreet Kaur’s form dip post-WBBL and emphasizes the need for recovery time. Insights into India’s batting inconsistencies.

Former India captain Anjum Chopra has voiced her observations on current skipper Harmanpreet Kaur’s form slump, attributing it to the demanding schedule, particularly her stint in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL). Despite a promising start in the T20I series opener against England, Harmanpreet’s form declined, recording six single-digit scores in the series against Australia.

“I always look at things positively. I try to find areas where we challenge them wholeheartedly. Because we won the 1st T20I, there were expectations that we would do similarly well in the remaining games. But that didn’t happen,” expressed Anjum in an episode of ‘#AAKASHVANI’ on JioCinema. She noted the exhaustion in Harmanpreet, emphasizing the need for recovery time after playing in the WBBL.

Addressing India’s batting struggles, Anjum highlighted the lack of consistency, stating, “Even in the first T20I, I don’t think that the batting was too convincing. If you look at Shafali Verma since she made her debut, there have been improvements, but have these improvements been so visible that we can talk about them? There’s a question mark here.”

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As the second edition of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) approaches in the February-March window, Anjum Chopra views it as an opportunity for Indian players to showcase their talent and improvements. She emphasized the significant gap between domestic and international cricket, urging players to bridge that divide for a smoother transition.

“Saika Ishaque had a very good WPL last year, but when she came to the Indian team, she looked the opposite. So the bridge between domestic cricket and international cricket is very big. At least for the Indian players,” added Anjum, setting expectations for Indian talent to shine in the upcoming tournament.

IANS