All eyes are set on India Women’s Cricket Team as they take on defending champions Australia in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup final on Sunday, March 8. Led by Harmanpreet Kaur, the India women, who have qualified for the WT20 final for the first time, have remained unbeaten in the tournament.
While excitements galore for the big showdown at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), there is one person who is probably not as pumped up for the match and that is Australian bowler Megan Schutt.
She is dreading playing India because Indian openers Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana have been taking her to the cleaners since the tri-series which concluded just before the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.
“I just hate playing India, they have got the wood on me. Smriti and Verma have got me covered. That six in the tri-series was probably the biggest one I have ever been hit for,” said Schutt ahead of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup final.
Accepting that she cannot their carnage, she said, “There are obviously some plans we’re going to revisit as bowlers. Clearly, I’m not the best match-up to those two in the powerplay. They find me quite easy to play.”
Nonetheless, the 27-year-old is expecting the final to swing in Australia’s favor. “We’re in that final we have been talking about for so long and against India, which is super befitting, considering the tri-series we had. It couldn’t really be a bigger challenge for us,” she said.
“It’s not really a bad thing; it’s good we’re going up against a team we’ve played a lot against recently and it’s the same for them as well,” Schutt added further.
India women asserted dominance throughout ICC Women’s T20 World Cup
On the back of some excellent all-round performance, the Indian women have so far taken down each of their opponents in the tournament, including Australia.
The World Cup even gave Indian Cricket its new superstar – 16-year-old Shafali – who left everybody awestruck with her attacking batting. Her splendid run in the WT20 (161 runs in four innings at a strike rate of over 160) has propelled her to be the number one T20I batswoman in the world.