Haar Kar Jeetne Wali Ko Harmanpreet Kaur Kehte Hain

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Haar Kar Jeetne Wali Ko Harmanpreet Kaur Kehte Hain

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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old: That’s the word you would use to describe a captain who left out Mithali Raj from her squad for a knockout game in a World Cup. Fittingly, it’s also an apt word to describe the current India Women’s T20 captain, Harmanpreet Kaur. “Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, no regrets,” said Kaur, post-match. The jury is still out on the decision to drop veteran Raj, but before being sent home by England, Kaur’s team had an impressive run in the tournament, with the captain leaving her mark with 183 runs that included 13 massive sixes.

Harmanpreet Kaur is a household name today, but not many had heard of her when she was sent out to bat in the 49th over of a 2009 World Cup game against Australia in Sydney. She was 19 then. Given the licence to swing, she danced down the tracks and hit a boundary as well as a six. Kaur’s humongous hit across the boundary still holds the record for the biggest hit in women’s cricket history. After the game, she was made to undergo a doping test and her bat was sent to the laboratory for a test. Nothing untoward was found, either in her body or her bat. And India had just discovered a special talent.

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