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Harmanpreet Kaur explains why Jemimah Rodrigues was benched

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After losing to Australia in the fifth T20I, India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur lauded the bowlers for their bowling in the first 10 overs while emphasising the need to improve death bowling. The squad is aware of their bowlers’ shortcomings in the final 10 overs, according to the skipper, and they plan to address them during the one-month break they will have before the T20 World Cup in February. In the first 10 overs, we don’t give them many easy runs, but after the 10th over, things start to become interesting. These thoughts were also going through our minds. We had a lot of plans, but we were unable to carry them through. We’ll put effort into it to see results.

We will analyse who can bowl for us after the 10th over and in the death overs. We earlier wanted to work on our first 6 overs and are getting results but we need to analyze our death bowling. It is difficult to do it during the course of a series. We have a one-month off now and we can plan on how we can stop the flow of runs in the last 10 overs by bowling in the right areas,” said Harmanpreet.

She expressed that the team is looking to create a strong pace battery before heading into the T20 World Cup and is looking at different players as backups to draft into the team.

“Seam is going to play a key role in coming matches. Sometimes expected performances cannot be delivered by players. Pooja will fill in the 3rd-4th seamer role but we were also looking at other seam options as the World Cup is in South Africa where pacers are more relevant and we want to have a solid pace lineup heading into the World Cup.

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