The exclusion of senior batswoman Mithali Raj from the semifinal game against England - which India lost - had created a controversy with many questioning the decision of the team management.
Harmanpreet, who was leading the side in the tournament, had defended the decision by saying they wanted to stick to their combination which won them the previous game against Australia.
“Whatever happened around the team before that was immensely draining for me. Some of the things said were so far from reality that I felt, ‘I need to step away from this madness for a while.’ I’m here to play cricket. If people want to drag me into unnecessary things, drag the team into unnecessary things, I have to stop trying to reason with them,” she said.
Harmanpreet, who played for 87 consecutive ODIs, missed the ODI series against England -- held in February-March -- for the first time since 2010 after twisting her left foot. She said that the break she got proved to be a blessing in disguise for her after all that happened in the World T20 in West Indies.
“I had almost made up my mind to let my parents know that I wanted to take a break. I don’t want to hold on to a spot in the Indian team just because I am a senior player. I wanted to get away from cricket.
“Look, I was to play in the WBBL after the World T20, and for a while, after coming from the West Indies, I was even considering only playing in the overseas leagues.”