Harmanpreet Kaur, the captain of Mumbai Indians (MI), acknowledged the threat posed by Delhi Capitals (DC) openers Meg Lanning and Shafali Verma, who form a formidable batting combination in the Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2023 final. However, Harmanpreet expressed confidence in MI’s plans to counter the duo in the final. MI and DC will clash in the final at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on March 26.
Although both teams are strong, DC’s batting is slightly better than MI’s, thanks to their prolific opening pair. Harmanpreet commented at a press conference that Lanning and Shafali have the best combination in the whole tournament and that they are well aware of their capabilities. Harmanpreet added that MI has its plans in place and is hopeful of executing them in the final.
Despite losing two consecutive matches after winning five straight matches, MI bounced back to secure their place in the final by defeating UP Warriorz by 72 runs in the Eliminator. Harmanpreet stated that the team environment is positive, with many leaders in the camp who have captained or been vice-captains in their respective teams.
Harmanpreet is confident that the WPL will have a significant impact on Indian cricket, similar to how the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) has developed Australian cricket. She believes that the domestic players will get many opportunities, and Indian talent will do well in the WPL in the coming years. In nine matches, Harmanpreet has scored 244 runs at an average of 40.67 and a strike rate of 144.38, and she will be looking to lead from the front in the final.