Harmanpreet Kaur calls for Women’s IPL after India’s loss in the 2nd T20I against Australia

After India lost by four wickets to Australia in the second T20I at the Gold Coast on Saturday, Harmanpreet Kaur echoed the thoughts of some former cricketers and critics for the launch of the Women’s Indian Premier League (IPL).

Kaur, who has played in the WBBL for Sydney Thunder, believes that the exposure McGrath and Sophie Molineux are getting in the WBBL has helped them develop their talents and perform effectively under pressure.

“The confidence they are acquiring from a tournament like the WBBL can be seen in the way Tahlia McGrath batted today. In the post-match press conference”, Kaur stated, “They are ready to play international cricket.”

“She hasn’t played much international cricket, but she did get to play a lot of matches prior to representing Australia. We do have a few young players, such as Renuka Singh (pacer), who haven’t played much cricket at the highest level.”

Renuka Singh, apart from Shikha Pandey, bowled an expensive 19th over in which she conceded 13 runs. Although young players like Singh and Yastika Bhatia have played domestic matches, Kaur believes the IPL will help them deal with pressure situations in the game.

“She has done quite well in domestic cricket, but she still lacks experience. Domestic players would have a lot more opportunities to prove themselves under pressure if we had a women’s IPL.”

The men’s IPL and its young players, who have also performed well at the national level, were also mentioned by the T20I captain. “We can notice the maturity in a young talent’s game even when we watch them play.” By that time, they would have played at least 40-50 IPL games.

“I believe that is the only reason we are currently behind schedule. If we get an opportunity to participate in a domestic event like the IPL before going to an international, we will undoubtedly improve. In Australia, they play in the WBBL for 20-30 games before moving on to international cricket. It would help you improve your talents and gain experience so you don’t feel lost in international cricket,” she added.