“Every time in big finals, we make the same mistakes again,” says skipper Harmanpreet Kaur after losing the finals at the CWG

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The Indian women’s cricket team suffered a heartbreaking loss to Australia in the Commonwealth Games gold medal game. As a result, Harmanpreet Kaur’s team had to settle for a silver medal. The match ended up being a roller coaster ride, with India needing 17 races to win with four wickets in hand in the final two overs. Megan Schutt and Jess Jonassen maintained their cool for Australia, and the team eventually won.

Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur expressed her grief of losing the finals and stated that the blues are repeating the same mistakes of overburdening themselves whenever they reach the finals.

“Every time in big finals, we make the same mistakes again and again [with the bat], that is something we have to improve,” Harmanpreet said. “We don’t do these mistakes in the league phase or in bilateral. That is blocking our mind somewhere. I am someone who is always looking for one more batter in the side. Unfortunately, we’re working on that. Once we get that, this thing [collapsing] will go away.

“After losing two crucial wickets, the way Jemi and I batted was much needed at that time. You need to hold your nerves. We were nearly there. Maybe if Pooja [Vastrakar] or I were around, we could’ve won the game. But that is part of the game; sometimes some things you can’t control. It is great learning for us,” she added.