I was clear about India’s XI for World T20 semi-final: Harmanpreet Kaur
Harmanpreet Kaur stands by the decision to drop Mithali Raj in November. (Image: ICC)

Harmanpreet Kaur, captain of the Indian women’s cricket team, has reiterated that the decision to drop veteran Mithali Raj from the team for the semi-final of the 2018 ICC Women’s World T20 was the correct one, and one taken in front of the entire team.

In an interview with CNN-News18, Harmanpreet – currently out of the ongoing series with England as she nurses an injured ankle – said that all that had transpired between her and Mithali was water under the bridge.

“I don’t know what happened and what didn’t happen because I don’t want to go into that,” said the 29-year-old. “To be honest, when you lead a team your vision should be clear. Whatever used to happen, everyone was informed what the plan is. A lot of things came … I seriously don’t know about them but as a captain I had a clear view and I will always have that.

“Whenever we used to discuss anything, it was done in the presence of every member of the team and I think the plan that we had was that we wanted to carry the momentum of the team. When the young girls are giving you confidence with their game, they are ready to play according to the plan, what else do you want? That was our plan. I think that plan really worked for us, because before that we never beat Australia or New Zealand in T20s at the World Cup. I think when you get a result, you should continue thinking positively.” (READ: Clinical India women outclass England to seal series)

The team management dropped Mithali for the knock-out fixture, triggering a huge controversy. Mithali went on to accuse then coach Ramesh Powar and Committee of Administrators member Diana Edulji of trying to destroy her and having a bias against her.

Powar’s term ended a week after India lost the semi-finals of the World T20 to England. In his place, the BCCI chose former India Test batsman WV Raman.

Asked about working under Raman, Harmanpreet said she was hopeful of India forging a successful run across formats and also credited Powar for changing the team’s mindset in a short span of time. (READ: Shikha Pandey credits WV Raman for improving technical issues)

“Coaches are generally the same. Before we had Romesh Pawar, he was really hardworking and he taught us a lot. We became aware of a lot of things after he came,” she said. “Earlier our plans were limited, we used to play in only one way, so when he came he changed that and in three months we saw the improvement. Before that we never had the confidence that we can do well in the T20 World Cup, but in those three months because of his hard work we saw the results.

“WV Raman is also very good, he is very cool minded and very experienced. I think so far it has been really good working with him because he is so experienced. His points and tips really click for you and make you believe in yourself. I think his experience will really help us in the long run.”

Since she twisted an ankle last month, Harmanpreet missed the home series with England and now hopes to get back to playing in a few days.

“It’s going to take a few more days. I am waiting to get fit and play,” she said.