Harmanpreet Kaur has been slowly and gradually creating a name for herself as a big-hitting middle order batsman who could pack a punch in limited overs cricket. And the girl from Punjab produced the best knock of her career in the all important semi-final of the 2017 ICC Women's World Cup against defending champions Australia.
Coming in to bat with the score at 35/2, Harmanpreet first repaired the damage done at the top of the innings by stringing a 66-run stand with skipper Mithali Raj. She then came into her own in the last 10 overs as she dispatched the Australian bowlers all around the park to notch up her third ODI century.
Harmanpreet's strokeplay was of the highest quality as she played shots both on the on and off side of the wicket. The right-handed batswoman was lethal against the spinners as she displayed great footwork to dance down the track and hit some humongous shots.
She also became only the second Indian cricketer to post a total in excess of 150 as she ended the day with a superlative unbeaten knock of 171, which is the second highest individual score by an Indian in ODI cricket and the tied fifth highest overall.
Harmanpreet hit 20 boundaries and 7 huge sixes during her stay in the middle as she orchestrated a scathing attack on the heavyweight Australians.
Speaking after her knock Harmanpreet said that she wanted to make the most of the opportunity as she didn't get a lot of balls to bat earlier in the tournament.
"I was hitting the ball well and wanted to take the responsibility of taking the team to a big total," Harmanpreet said.
Harmanpreet, who made her ODI debut in the year 2009 has been an integral part of the Indian team for close to a decade now. She made history earlier this year by becoming the first Indian cricketer to feature in a foreign Twenty20 cricket tournament after she was named in the 13-member squad for the Sydney Thunder franchise in the Women’s Big Bash League.
In July 2016, Harmanpreet Kaur created history as she became the first Indian player to be signed up for the Big Bash League. She was also named Sydney Thunder’s Women’s Player of the Year award for the second season of the Women’s Big Bash League.
During her time with the franchise, Kaur played in 13 matches and scored 296 runs at an impressive average of 59 and a strike-rate of 116.
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