Harmanpreet Kaur is one of India’s finest women cricketers and a legend in limited over’s cricket. She has played 100 ODIs for the country and scored 2412 runs at an average of 34.95 and strike rate of 69.27 including three hundreds and 11 fifties.
Harmanpreet Kaur is one of India’s finest women cricketers and a legend in limited over’s cricket. She has played 100 ODIs for the country and scored 2412 runs at an average of 34.95 and a strike rate of 69.27 including three hundred and 11 fifties. Harmanpreet has also represented India in 114 T20Is and aggregated 2186 runs at an average of 26.98 including a hundred and 6 fifties. She scored a brisk 40 off just 41 deliveries in the first ODI against South Africa in Lucknow yesterday.
On her 32nd birthday, we look at three standout performances from her illustrious career – all from big matches in the World Cup and World T20 showcasing her big-match temperament and the ability to raise her game on the big stage.
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171 not out Vs Australia, Semi-Final, 2017 World Cup, Derby
It was the big semi-final between India and Australia at Derby in 2017. India was in early trouble at 35 for 2 when Harmanpreeet Kaur joined Mithali Raj in the middle. What followed was destruction and annihilation seldom witnessed before in women’s cricket. Harmanpreet counter-attacked the Australian attack and scored a magnificent hundred off just 90 deliveries. She went on the rampage after scoring another 71 off just 25 deliveries. She blasted 20 fours and 7 sixes in her knock which is amongst the greatest performances in a women’s ODI in history. India scored 281 for 4 and went on to beat a more fancied Australian side by 36 runs to advance to the final.
107 not out Vs England, 2013 World Cup, Mumbai
India was up against the powerful England unit in the 2013 World Cup in Mumbai. Chasing 273, the home team was in trouble at 29 for 2 when Harmanpreet Kaur came out to bat. The score worsened to 29 for 3. Harmanpreet then forged a brilliant 106-run stand with Karu Jain who contributed 56 off 92 deliveries. It was a one-woman show thereafter. Harmanpreet did not give up and led a lone battle against the England bowlers. She remained unbeaten on 107 off 109 deliveries but with little support from the other end, India fell well short of the target and was restricted to 240 for 9 in their 50 overs.
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103 off 51 deliveries Vs New Zealand, 2018 World T20, Providence
Harmanpreet Kaur again came out to bat at 40 for 3 under pressure and smashed a breathtaking 103 off just 51 deliveries including 7 fours and 8 sixes powering India to 194 for 5 in their 20 overs against New Zealand at Providence in 2018. She put together a magnificent 134-run stand for the fourth wicket with the talented Jemimah Rodrigues. Harmanpreet’s hundred came off just 49 deliveries and remains the fastest T20I hundred by an Indian woman and the fourth-fastest overall in women’s T20I history!