English, Hindi, Punjabi, I sledge in all languages: Harmanpreet Kaur

first_imgFollowing India’s impressive showing at the recently concluded women’s World Cup, there is growing curiosity amongst the masses to know more about the women’s game.Sledging in women’s cricket; in what form and to what degree has always been a matter of intrigue. India’s hard hitting batter Harmanpreet Kaur while sharing some insights at an event in Mumbai, acknowledged sledging was part of their sport and made use of by the Indian team as well.”If it gives positive result by which the team benefits it should be done. Our previous coach didn’t like it. But if the bowler benefits we do it,” she said. (Harmanpreet’s night out with the girls: India’s new cricket stars living it up in style)Harmanpreet was referring to ex-coach Purnima Rau, who was axed close to the World Cup at the request of senior India players and replaced by former Baroda cricketer Tushar Arothe.Sledging in women’s cricket hasn’t been debated or documented as much but it will with more live broadcasts and gaining popularity.Harmanpreet, who went on to deliver one of the best ever World Cup innings in the semi-final, didn’t want to be apologetic when quizzed further if it really works.”The bowlers and wicket keepers have to keep focus so we let them be. Our (fielders) job is to help them out. And sledging is not about abusing, a lot of talk is to create a certain team environment and stay motivated,” she said.”English, Hindi, Punjabi, I do it in all languages,” she joked.advertisementCaptain Mithali Raj elaborating on Harmanpreet’s point stressed the primary purpose to sledge was to have a mental edge against the opponent. “At the highest level, its about mind games. Sledging is not about language but to affect the opposing batter’s game,” she said.Mithali, however, added it can be counter productive and citing her own example she opined the tougher competitors remain unaffected.”Sometimes it can unknowingly affect your own game also. Those who can’t control emotions will be found out. I don’t get sledged much now. When there is talk, I give a very placid look. I know what my priority is so I don’t listen or behave as if am not listening,” she explained.last_img read more