Harmanpreet Kaur, the captain of the Indian women’s cricket team, must have exhaled a breath of relief when her visa was granted just in time for the team to go to Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games (CWG).

India will have less than a week to become acclimated for the major event before their first match against Australia on July 29 while countries like Australia, Pakistan, hosts England, and South Africa are already playing T20 cricket in Ireland and England. The Indian skipper Kaur is relying on her expertise in analyzing the situation to choose the best way to score.

“It is crucial that we experience the situation firsthand before determining the best course of action. Trying to predict how many runs can be scored these days in a T20 match while sitting in India is challenging. We have a great attitude and are eager to take on the challenge, said the 32-year-old who recently guided India to a T20 and ODI series victory against Sri Lanka.

After veteran Mithali Raj retired from international cricket, Kaur, the captain of the India T20 team, assumed the ODI leadership before the Sri Lanka visit. The last time the India squad competed in England was in the summer of 2021 when they took part in a T20 and ODI series as well as a single Test match. Even though the Test was a tie, England won both limited-overs series.

India has been grouped alongside Australia, Pakistan (July 31), and Barbados (August 3) in their pool for the CWG, where women’s cricket is making its debut. They will compete for first place in their group.