India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur has been grabbing the headlines for all the right reasons. She began her campaign in the ongoing Women’s World T20 with a historic ton in the 34-run win over New Zealand.
Harmanpreet Kaur walked out to bat when India were in all sorts of trouble. The Women in Blue were reeling at 40 for 3 when their skipper joined youngster Jemimah Rodrigues on the field. She was cautious early on, scoring just 5 off the first 13 balls she faced. But once she found her groove, there was no looking back. In the following 20 deliveries, she hit 45 to reach her fifty off 33 balls.
In Rodrigues, Harmanpreet found a perfect partner. The 18-year old scored at a brisk pace to ease the pressure off her skipper. But Harmanpreet soon took charge and blew away New Zealand, peppering the arc between long-on and midwicket with huge sixes, hitting five sixes and two fours. She was particularly severe on Jess Watkin, taking her for 27 off 7 balls.
Rodrigues also went on to complete her fifty and became the youngster Indian to do so in World T20I. But while Rodrigues departed after scoring 59, Harmanpreet went on to score her hundred off just 49 deliveries. She was eventually dismissed in the last over for 103. Her knock contained 8 sixes and 7 fours as India scored 194 before restricting New Zealand to 160 for 9.
And ahead of India’s second match against Pakistan on Sunday, she won hearts all over again. But this time, the reason was not cricket. After the national anthem ended, Harmanpreet was seen carrying her mascot in her arms before handing her to an official. The mascot was reportedly ill. Not surprisingly, Harmanpreet is receiving praise from all over for her beautiful gesture.
Here is a clip of that incident:
Coming to the game against Pakistan, India won it by seven wickets to inch a step closer towards the semifinal spot. Batting first, Pakistan managed 133 for 7. In reply, India chased down the total with an over to spare and seven wickets in hand.