The Indian women’s team on Saturday (February 24) accomplished a ‘historic double’ as they outclassed the Proteas women by 54 runs in the fifth and final Twenty20 International to clinch the series by a stunning margin of 3-1.
Earlier this month, Mithali Raj had led the side to a 2-1 series win in the ODIs and now it was Harmanpreet Kaur's turn to lift the T20I trophy. On this South Africa tour, the Women in Blue also become the first cricket team to win two formats in the rainbow nation.
Talking about India’s stellar show throughout the tour, T20I skipper Harmanpreet Kaur on Monday (February 26) said that the biggest take-away from the series was team’s improved fielding. Kaur has a special praise reserve for newcomer Jemimah Rodrigues, who made her international debut on this tour and impressed one and all with her scintillating stroke play.
“The South Africa tour was good against good players who can change the situation (complexion of the game). The good thing is that team did not depend on one or two players and everyone performed,” Harmanpreet said while addressing the reporters on the sidelines of the Times of India Awards in Mumbai.
“Jemmi (Jemimah Rodrigues) has shown talent at international level. Our fielding, in which over the last two three years we were lacking, has improved and that was the biggest take-away from the tour,” she further added.
In order to build a strong world-class team for ICC Women's T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in West Indies later this year, Harmanpreet wants to give ample opportunities to youngsters in the upcoming matches against visiting England and Australia teams.
“We have the T20 World Cup and want to give chance to youngsters. Australia and England are good teams and we are excited,” Kaur concluded.
Indian Women’s Team are scheduled to play three-match ODI series against the Southern Stars from March 12 before involving in a Women’s T20I series, with other teams being England and Australia, from March 22.