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Hard work put in by all is paying off: Harmanpreet

As India get ready for the big semi-final against England, captain Harmanpreet Kaur in her interaction with the media said the team is fully prepared and ready to go.

On India’s unbeaten journey in the ICC Women’s World T20
Well, that's true. When we were coming here no one was sure about that we could qualify for the semi, I think. The credit goes to all team members and support staff that we worked hard with the last couple of months, I think. It's just because of their hard work we have reached here.

On the change in the mindset

I think the self-belief because I can give credit to Ramesh (Powar, coach)because the time he joined our team our mindset and approach has totally changed now. And I think now we have better plans and we can think bigger I think. Total credit goes to him.

On Mithali’s fitness
She's better now. She came yesterday for training also, but rest up tonight. I can say the physio can tell better - how she's feeling.

On playing England in the semi-final
We're taking another game like we played in the league games. I think the team is well prepared. Everyone is looking quite confident now. And it's just a matter of one more game now. I think we all are looking confident. I think we just need to focus what we have done well in the last league games and those things we need to just continue now.

On whether India watched clippings of the 50-over World Cup final where they lost to England?
I think we have watched a lot of times because I think that particular game we did a lot of mistakes. I think we just need to keep those things in the mind and learn from them.

And I think as a team I think we need to live in the present. At present we're doing really well, I think. Other than thinking about the past we just need to think what we need to do in the next game as a team.

On England too relying on spin
No doubt, Antigua, we had more on spin attack. And every team is depending on the spin attacking, I think. It just depends how you prepare and how you're approaching towards the wicket. I think the short form of the game. You don't need to think about, like, certain things. You just need to go and play your natural game, other than just thinking about how the wicket is behaving, how like the things are going. I think just need to think freely and just execute your plans.

On big crowd that is expected for the semi-final clash
I think it's good now people are coming and watching women's cricket. I think it's a positive sign. And we always love to play when a lot of crowds come and watch us. I think that's what we're expecting from the crowd, and I think it's a good thing. And we just need to enjoy that, that people are coming and watching us.

On India’s preparation as they play their first day-night game in the tournament
Here we got three practise sessions and we played one practise game. And I think it's just a matter of how early you can settle for the conditions and think of -- we did do the practise session and the girls are looking quite confident now and hopefully another day, like, we just stick to what we are doing in the past and just give our best on this team.

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Devika Vaidya replaces Pooja Vastrakar in India Women's WT20 squad

The All-India Women’s Selection Committee has named leg spinner Devika Vaidya as Pooja Vastrakar’s replacement in Indian Women’s Cricket team’s squad for the ongoing ICC World Twenty20.

Pooja suffered an injury to her left knee during a practice game on 4th November against the Windies. The ICC Event Technical Committee has approved the replacement and Devika has reached Antigua and joined the Indian squad.

Unbeaten in the tournament, India, led by Harmanpreet Kaur, will take on England in the semi-final at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua.

India Women’s squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues, Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Tanya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Anuja Patil, Ekta Bisht, D Hemalatha, Mansi Joshi, Arundhati Reddy, Devika Vaidya 

Amitabh Choudhary

Acting Hon. Secretary

BCCI

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