Harmanpreet Kaur stole the show in the Women’s World T20I opener between India and New Zealand with a historic hundred but it was only after the match that people got to know the problems she was facing during her match-winning knock.
Harmanpreet’s 51-ball 103 helped India post 194 for 5 in 20 overs after opting to bat. Her innings was laced with 7 boundaries and 8 sixes.
She was involved in a 134-run partnership with Jemimah Rodrigues (59) for the fourth-wicket which propelled India to a match-winning total.
But after the match the Indian captain revealed how she was suffering from a back problem and fever before the match and got stomach cramps when she reached the ground on match day but she didn’t let that affect her game.
“Yesterday, I was having little bit back problem,” Kaur said after the match. “In the morning, I was not feeling well, when I came to the ground I was feeling a little low and getting some cramps.”
The severe cramps hampered her running between the wickets as she came up with a different plan.
“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.
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“Then I thought instead of running too much, if I could I get more big shots 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’,” the skipper revealed.
During the course of her innings the 29-year-old became the first Indian woman to score a hundred in a T20 international game but Kaur said she had no clue about the record.
“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),” Kaur said.
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But with a challenging total on the board, the Indian bowlers came out all guns blazing and restricted New Zealand to 160 for 9 with Dayalan Hemalatha and Poonam Yadav picking up 3 wickets each.
Kaur meanwhile, felt that it was a good batting track where a set batters could score big.
“I knew it was a good batting track, if I settle down, I can get the runs, that’s what I was thinking,” Kaur added.
Her big-hitting prowess keeps bowlers all around the world on tenterhooks but the Indian skipper is hopeful that there might just be bigger and better things to come.
“Yes, why not? Because every day is a learning day, today I learnt a lot,” the player of the match said.
(With PTI inputs)