The Indian women's team boasts of a number of talented cricketers and Smitha Harikrishna of Karnataka features amongst this bunch. Representing the country in her second World Cup Smitha exudes a lot of confidence regarding India's chances, as is the case with the rest of her team.
In an exclusive interview with Thatscricket.com Smitha gave away her thoughts on India's hopes for the forthcoming World Cup to be held in New Zealand from November 29.
When asked about India's chances of winning the cup she said, "We will win the Cup this time." When further prodded on the realistic chances of India lifting the Cup she said, "The chances are pretty good. If our batting clicks we definitely should be winning the Cup."
She further added, "We have worked a lot on our fielding and running between, we have ironed out a lot of our flaws and have played a lot of matches. So we definitely have done all the required preparations."
When queried about our cricketers fitness level she says, "We have improved. We have had a physio for the first time, which has been of tremendous help."
Smitha sees her major opponents in Australia and host New Zealand but she also says that they are up to it as their preparations have been very good.
With regards to the composition of the team she was of the opinion that this time around they have had one of the most balanced teams. She also said, "Most of the members have been playing together for a long time now. So we know each other very well and that is going to help us a great deal."
Currently representing Air India in the domestic circuit, Smitha Harikrishna also feels that it is only the love for the sport that has women's cricket still existing in the country because there is no monetary benefit whatsoever for one to be pursuing cricket as a career.
"At the end of the day one is left to fend for one's self, while all your other classmates have secured themselves with plum posts in the thriving corporate world."
She says this saddens her a lot. "After I have put in so much into the game I am left with nothing at the end of it all. If I were to invest the same amount of time elsewhere I would definitely be much more prosperous," said a rather dejected Smitha.
Nevertheless she hopes that they will lift the Cup and that way at least they will get some recognition.