"A medal is something people back home will get inspired from": Harmanpreet Kaur after CWG 2022 Silver

"I'm happy and satisfied with the way we played throughout": Harmanpreet Kaur after winning Silver at the CWG 2022.

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Arijit Barua
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It was a tough time out on the field for the Indian women's cricket team at the finale of the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Edgbaston on Sunday. They fell short of just 9 runs from winning their first ever major title, as Australia defeated them to clinch the Gold medal and India had to settle for the silver. Indian Women's Cricket team captain Harmanpreet Kaur expresses her feelings to the media after the CWG finals.

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Harmanpreet Kaur in the Final of CWG 2022

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During the medal ceremony, a sense of disappointment was clearly visible on the players' faces. Meanwhile, they had been through a major loss, and the Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur's body language and expressions clearly denoted what the team had been going through, as this was their third big loss at the finals of a major tournament.

Harmanpreet Kaur, who has been part of the Indian setup for a very long time now, has suffered the 2017 World Cup finals loss against England, the 2020 World Cup finals loss against Australia, and now the CWG 2022 finals loss against the same opponents. But Kaur was much more accepting of the outcome and the impact it might have on a future generation of athletes when she retrieved herself to address the media minutes after the ceremony.

"I'm happy and satisfied with the way we played throughout. I know we were close to winning gold, but all around our performance was great. This is the first time we got to play in this tournament and we're happy to have won a silver medal.

A medal is something people back home will get inspired from and they could start playing cricket. As a team, we want to inspire young girls. Doing well on this platform will motivate a lot of people back home."

Harmanpreet Kaur told the media

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"We are on the right track, we just need to keep working hard": Harmanpreet Kaur

When asked to summarise the team's current state, Harmanpreet said she thought India was headed in the right direction. Moreover, she also agreed with Australian skipper Meg Lanning that the Indian team wasn't far from becoming a force to reckon with, that top sides like Australia would be extremely cautious of.

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"I know we could've easily won gold, but something is better than nothing, at least we got silver. We deserved it for so much hard work. If not gold, we're satisfied with what we got today. we are on the right track, we just need to keep working hard. As Lanning said, we're not far from dominating across formats. We are improving as a team and time is not far when we will start winning back-to-back," Kaur added.

Australia wins Gold, India wins Silver, while New Zealand thrashed England to win the Bronze at the CWG 2022.

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