London: India T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur and India women’s team opening batter Smriti Mandhana are excited for the trip over getting an opportunity to play Test match cricket after seven years. Smriti also happy because it is the only country where she can sleep and get up early.
A video posted on bcci.tv Smriti said to teammate Jemima Rodrigues, “I sleep a lot everywhere. The UK is very good because it is behind [the Indian time] and that really suits me because then I can sleep early and then I am up at 5.30-6 am. That is the only country where I can get up at 5.30-6 am.”
The 24-year-old Smriti added in a video, “I think it is quite exciting because we are touring with the Indian team after a long time. We have had tours individually for T20 leagues but really excited to go out with this bunch of girls.”
In another video posted on bcci.tv T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur. 32, said “It is a great feeling. Playing a Test match is a dream. I want to play many Test matches in my life and I hope we will continue [doing] this. Playing in England with the red ball is challenging and we all are very excited about this.” She has represented India in two Tests.
Meanwhile, Indian men’s and women’s cricket squads have departed for the UK in a charter flight on Thursday morning. Prior to this, the team will have to complete the mandatory quarantine, but the good thing is that they can be allowed to practice, as the player has completed the quarantine in Mumbai and is about to reach England with a negative report of Covid 19.
The Indian men’s team is going to spend three and a half months on the soil of England, where from June 18, the Indian team have to play against New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship. While the women’s team is also scheduled to play three ODIs and three T20Is against England after the Test match.