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Don’t think there has been any problem between me and Mithali Raj: Harmanpreet Kaur

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first_img India Today Web Desk SydneyJanuary 4, 2019UPDATED: January 4, 2019 14:51 IST Harmanpreet Kaur said she and Mithali Raj don’t have any problem between them (@WorldT20 Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHarmanpreet Kaur said that the ‘issues should not have been highlighted so much’Harmanpreet insisted that Ramesh Powar instilled a sense of belief in the playersHarmanpreet said she is excited about to playing under newly-appointed coach WV RamanIndia women’s T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur in a recent interview has come to quash rumour of a growing rift between her and her ODI counterpart Mithali Raj.Harmanpreet said that she had no problems with Mithali, after the latter was dropped from the playing XI for the semi-final in the World T20 against England.”I have met [Mithali] and spoken to her after all these events and we seemed to have moved on. I don’t think there has been any problem between me and Mithali. I can speak for myself. You have to speak to her and ask if she has a problem with me,” Harmanpreet told Mumbai Mirror.”When you play at an international level, you are mature enough to not let these things affect you. At the end of the day, what matters is you are playing for your country. A team is like a family where there are troubles and such issues keep cropping up, but they shouldn’t be taken personally,” she added.When asked about what happened in West Indies and in hindsight would the team react differently to the chain of events, Harmanpreet said that the ‘issues should not have been highlighted so much’.”No player is bigger than the team. When a team is doing well, all the members have to think on these lines only. I still feel that the situation should not have come to this but sometimes such things happen. I don’t think the issues should have been highlighted so much. But everyone has their personal views and I won’t comment on that,” Harmanpreet said.SadvertisementHarmanpreet Kaur explained how Ramesh Powar, the Indian coach during the whole fiasco, had instilled a sense of belief in every member of the squad and his contribution in India reaching the semi-final.”Earlier our team was too dependent on senior players. The thinking was that the senior players had to take all the workload. But during the recent ICC T20 World Cup, coach Ramesh Powar told all of us that each and every player in the team is not only equal but equally important. He met all the players individually and gave clear message to them. In the three earlier editions of the T20 World Cup before this one in West Indies, we were not able to reach even the semis. After those chats, the players realised their importance. These one-on-one sessions went a long way in how we performed.But of course, there are areas where we are lagging. Like we are starting tournaments well but are not able to win tournaments. I think we are lacking a bit of mental stability during the knock-out phases. We have to work on this area specifically if we want to win big tournaments,” Harmanpreet said.With Powar no longer in charge and WV Raman in charge, Harmanpreet said she knows thenew coach and is looking forward to working with him.I had met Raman sir at the National Cricket Academy a couple of times. I know he comes with a lot of experience. I have heard from several people about Raman sir’s technical and tactical acumen. I think these things will help the team.Harmanpreet was recently named the captain of the ICC T20I Team of the Year 2018, when asked how it felt, she said she was happy.”I am really happy about it. To be honest, I had never thought about it. I had always wanted the team to do well in the T20 format. We were doing well in the 50-over game but this year we have done well in the T20 format also. This reward is both recognition of how well the team has done and also a motivation for the future,” Harmanpreet said.Also Read | Manipulative, lying, cheat: Mithali Raj’s manager lashes out at Harmanpreet KaurAlso Read | Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur retained as India captains for tour of New ZealandAlso Read | Meet India women cricket team’s new coach WV Raman: A gutsy, no non-sense cricketerFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Harmanpreet KaurFollow Mithali RajFollow India women’s cricket team Don’t think there has been any problem between me and Mithali Raj: Harmanpreet KaurHarmanpreet Kaur said she did not have any problems with Mithali Raj and that she has met her after the controversyadvertisementlast_img read more

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