Harmanpreet Kaur

WPL 2024: Harmanpreet Kaur urges Mumbai Indians to maintain simplicity in their title defense campaign.

Harmanpreet Kaur said she wants Mumbai Indians (MI) to keep things simple as they try to win again in the Women’s Premier League (WPL). Last time, MI won the WPL by beating Meg Lanning’s Delhi Capitals (DC) in the final at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium. This made people think they will do well again this time.

At first, MI won five matches in a row and were at the top of the table. But then they fell to second place before playing against Alyssa Healy’s UP Warriorz. Even though it was tough, MI played well in important matches and won. Harmanpreet said that because they are champions, everyone will watch them closely next season. But she also said it’s important not to feel too much pressure.

Harmanpreet talked about the team’s way of thinking, saying, “We just want to do as well as we did last time, keep things simple, and enjoy playing cricket. Our goal is to give each player a clear job so they can play without feeling too much pressure. Even though people are paying more attention to us after last year’s win, we won’t make things harder for ourselves.”

She talked about building friendship and helping each other in the team. She also said coaches play a big part in making a supportive atmosphere. In the 2023 season, Harmanpreet did really well for MI, scoring the fourth-most runs with 281 runs from 10 matches. Her average was 40.14, and she had a strike rate of 135.09. She also made three half-centuries and her highest score was 65.

MI’s first game is on Friday, February 23, against the Capitals at Bangalore’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Harmanpreet started practicing with the MI team on Wednesday. Players like Issy Wong, Shabnim Ismail, and Nat Sciver-Brunt, who was the best player last season, are also in India for the tournament.

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