Played Nearly the Entire World Cup With an Injury, Reveals Harmanpreet Kaur
While the whole cricketing world was busy lauding Harmanpreet Kaur for her extraordinary batting exploits in the recently-concluded World Cup in England, little did anyone know that the 28-year-old batswoman braved a pain barrier throughout the tournament to represent the country.
After a starring role for India in the tournament where India finished runners-up, Harmanpreet has revealed she played the entire tournament with a finger injury.
“I played nearly the entire tournament with a finger injury, which I suffered during our second league match against the Windies. I sustained the injury while fielding. The physio advised me rest, but I went back and managed to take two wickets. Thankfully, I didn’t have to bat in that game,” Harmanpreet told The Times of India.
“The doctors put a clamp on the ring finger of her left hand in order to keep it straight as the finger had become curved,” Harmanpreet’s father, Harmandar Bhullar said.
“I wore the batting gloves on it. It was painful, but I was determined to go beyond the pain barrier and perform for my country,” Harmanpreet said. ” At one point, it looked I might have to return home from the World Cup. I would like to give credit to our physio Tracy Fernandes for helping me play the full tournament.”
Her condition only became worse when she suffered a shoulder injury during a practise session before the final.
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But the lion-hearted cricketer once again braved the injury to represent the country and nearly took India over the line in the finals at the Lord’s. Recently, an MRI scan revealed a tear in her shoulder which has ruled her out of the upcoming Women’s Super League.
“For a right-handed batter, power comes through one’s right hand, while the left hand gives the ball direction. The finger injury meant it was difficult for her to grip the bat with strength.The tear in her (Harmanpreet’s) left shoulder after the semi final meant she was literally batting with one hand.”
Harmanpreet did not have the best of starts in the World Cup but roared back to form with a 60-run knock in the must-win game against New Zealand before blowing away Australia in the semifinals with a stunning 115-ball 171 runs knock that was studded with 20 fours and seven sixes.
In the final too, she scored 51 with the help of three fours and two sixes but India lost the match by nine runs.
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