Harmanpreet Kaur Reveals Secret Behind Six-Hitting Skill
Harmanpreet Kaur has had an average outing in the first six games of the recently-concluded World Cup in England. The right-handed batswoman, who is the first Indian woman to be signed by an overseas Twenty20 franchise after inking a deal with Sydney Thunder last year, had managed just 77 runs in the first six games.
However, the 28-year old regained her devastating form when it mattered the most. She roared back to form in the do-or-die clash against New Zealand, scoring 60 to help India win the match by a whopping margin of 186 runs.
However, she had saved her best for the defending champions Australia in the semifinals. India was reeling at 101 for three after 25 overs in the rain-curtailed innings and had just 17 overs to turn things around.
Mithali Raj’s departure had only made things tough for the Women in Blue but Harmanpreet played one of the best ever knocks in World Cup to propel India to 281 for four in 42 overs. She scored an unbeaten 171 runs off just 115 deliveries which was studded with 20 fours and seven well-timed sixes.
The right-handed batswoman, on Wednesday (July 26), revealed the secret behind her extraordinary six-hitting skills.
Interacting with the media after returning to India, she said:
“I like to bat in that way since childhood, I have learnt to play that way and played cricket with boys, who used to hit sixes and I liked hitting sixes.”
“I have played knocks like that in domestic cricket, I got a chance in international but never made a long score. That match was telecast and people saw it, we had the hunger to win that match and I was happy that I played that knock when the team needed and the team won,” said added.
The 28-year old was also looking in good form in the final against England and had raced away to 51 with the help of three fours and two sixes before her sweetly-timed slog sweep went straight into the fielder’s hand. Her dismissal turned the match as England won the final by nine runs.
Recalling the match, she said:
“In the final, we needed runs and I was going for runs, I played the shot thinking it will be fully covered, but it went into the fielder’s hand. I was very disappointed.“
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