India stunned six time champions Australia yesterday with a stirring batting performance, anchored by the unlikely Harmanpreet Kaur who scored un unbeaten 171 to help India reach 281 in 42 overs after rain shortened the match. Harmanpreet Kaur’s innings was the fourth-highest individual score in women’s ODI cricket, and has drawn comparisons with Kapil Dev’s 175 against Zimbabwe in 1983 that arguably won India the title by keeping them in the tournament. Kaur’s innings was peppered with 20 fours and 7 sixes, and she probably would have scored a double century were it not for the rain interrupting. The storied innings which will certainly be remembered as a milestone in the history of women’s cricket in India
The storied innings which will certainly be remembered as a milestone in the history of women’s cricket in India were not without bumps. After her stand with Mithali Raj, Kaur then got together with Deepti Sharma (who scored 188 against South Africa earlier this year) to put together a stand of 137 runs. In the 36th over, Harmanpreet decided to go for an almost suicidal double and her partner Deepti hesitated for the obvious reasons. Both batters went back and got to their crease in time, though that was enough for Kaur to lose her cool at Sharma in a very public outburst.
Harmanpreet Kaur celebrated her hundred by throwing her helmet because Sharma almost ran her out. SHE'S DESTROYING EVERYTHING
— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) July 20, 2017
The dressing-down reduced Deepti Sharma to tears right on the pitch. Kaur apparently apologised later for her behaviour to Deepti, and went on to say “I didn’t get a chance to bat in the whole tournament, wanted to utilise that opportunity. Whatever I was thinking, I utilised. The plan was to watch the ball and hitting the ball. It was the heat of the moment (Deepti Sharma incident), I said sorry to her. We’re fine now.” Given that it was her brilliant knock that put India in the finals of the World Cup and defeat the Aussies who thrashed them convincingly in the group stages, we would say most fans as well as Deepti Sharma must have forgiven for the vulnerable moment.