The entire cricketing fraternity and all Indian fans are feeling proud and happy that our Women in Blue are all set to fight against England Women’s Team in the final of ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 at the Lords, (tomorrow) i.e, on July 23, all thanks to the star Indian batswoman Harmanpreet Kaur.
Undoubtedly, her record-breaking knock of 171* runs of just 115 balls against the defending champion Aussies in the semis scripted Indian Team’s road to their second ICC Women’s World Cup final.
It is clear that India’s vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur has created quite a stir within the cricketing fraternity. She came into bat when the team had a major setback and they lost two quick wickets. Later, with Harmanpreet’s monstrous batting, Indian women successfully put a total of 281 on the scoreboard in 42 overs.
She smashed her way to an unbeaten 171 off 115 deliveries with 20 fours and 7 sixes to her name. It is now termed as one of the Indias greatest innings in a world cup knockouts, reminding the fans about Kapil Dev’s unbeaten 175 against Zimbabwe, in India’s 1983 Prudential Cup campaign.
At this time of great hype, an interesting story between the former Indian batsmen Virendra Sehwag and India’s Wonder women Harmanpreet Kaur is going viral.
Feeling excited? Then read the complete story below…
Coming to details, her story hasn’t always been one of success. She had to face a few challenges early on in her career before reaching such a high level. Her stint in the team was challenging at first because she was facing off against the likes of Jhulan Goswami and Amita Sharma for the lead bowling spot. As she couldn’t break through, she decided to focus her energy on her batting.
During her tough times, she did not have the motivation to bat much but she always idolized Virender Sehwag, modeling most of her game around him. She followed him and this inspired her to start batting with the right technique and mentality.
The move worked and she ended up becoming one of the most aggressive batsmen in the game. Her natural instinct and power came to the fore and she later turned to be the first Indian cricketer ever, male or female to be played in the KFC Big Bash T20 League. Harmanpreet ended up winning the Player of the Tournament for her Sydney Thunder squad.
Seeing her immense growth, her so called Demi-god Virender Sehwag even praised her who was impressed seeing her match-winning abilities in a match against South Africa.
He said, “You are becoming an idol for the future generation of women cricketers. You are extra special. Keep up the spirit and belief.” She was glad to know that her efforts were being recognized by such a senior cricketer.
After her EPIC Knock 171*, Sehwag praised on twitter:
An Innings of a lifetime , Harmanpreet Kaur . What wonderful clean hitting. More than 60% of India's runs.
Fan ! Over to the Bowlers now. pic.twitter.com/xZlIB2SW4x
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 20, 2017
This is what she replied in return:
Thank you Idol, @virendersehwag, It was pleasure doing what you have been doing over the years.
— Harmanpreet Kaur (@ImHarmanpreet) July 21, 2017
And this created a conversation between Harmanpreet Kaur and her Idol Viru
It's been a privilege and honour to watch you and the team ,Harmanpreet. Wish you the very best for the finals on 23rd. Chak De India ! https://t.co/LJWzkID8R3
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 21, 2017
She accomplished the feat of becoming the first cricketer to represent India in Australia’s Women Big Bash League. She was signed by Sydney Thunder for the 2016–17 season.
Harmanpreet undoubtedly turned out to be the ‘Wonder Woman’ in the ICC World Cup. Thus, her story such as Harmanpreet Kaur can certainly inspire one to never give up or be burdened by obstacles.
Her innings in the World Cup might just be the catalyst for greater things and Indian cricket is lucky to have a player such as her representing us at the highest level
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