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Harmanpreet combats cramps with batting belligerence


WOMEN’S WORLD T20 2018

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“I thought instead of running too much, if I could I get more big shot… because you run too much, you get more cramps” – Harmanpreet Kaur © Getty

Harmanpreet Kaur lit up the Providence Stadium in Guyana with a scintillating 51-ball 103, powering India to a thumping 34-run victory versus New Zealand in the opening game of Women’s World T20 2018.

Kaur had to battle through stomach cramps and received attention from physio Tracy Fernandes. However, the India captain waded through the injury worries to smash eight sixes. “Yesterday I was having little bit back problem,” Kaur said. “In the morning, I was not feeling well, when I came to the ground I was feeling a little low and getting some cramps,” she added.

When a batter is suffering from an injury, it is difficult to pinch quick singles and twos. Kaur, on her part, also observed that due to stomach cramps, she had to change her approach and take the aggressive route. “When initially I was running twos, I got a little cramp, after that the physio gave me medicine, and a little bit it settled down. Then I thought instead of running too much, if I could I get more big shot… because you run too much, you get more cramps. Then I told Jemi (Jemimah Rodrigues), ‘if you give the strike to me, I can go for more big shots’.”

Kaur, who became the first Indian women to score a T20I hundred, said that the landmark of scoring a hundred didn’t cross her mind as she was focussed on getting as many runs as possible to help her side post a competitive total. “I was not looking at how many runs I was getting, I was looking at how many we needed to win the game. We knew they have really good batters, they have Sophie Devine and [Suzie] Bates, we knew if we scored just 150, we may not (win the game).”

Last year, too, Kaur had showcased her power-hitting with a brilliant 115-ball 171 in the World Cup semifinal game against Australia. When asked about whether she can improve her big-hitting prowess even further, the Indian captain said: “Yes, why not? Because every day is a learning day, today I learnt a lot.”

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