A lot have been written and said about former India captain and world-class all rounder Kapil Dev’s maverick knock of 175 off just 138 during a league game of the 1983 Prudential World Cup. Coming in to bat at 17 for five, Kapil Dev played an incredible knock what is regarded as one of the best knocks in a World Cup. Unfortunately, that knock was not televised and there is no video footage of that fantastic innings.
However, on Thursday night, Indian women cricket team vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur with a whirlwind knock off 171 off 115 balls that included 20 fours and seven sixes not only reminded cricket fans about that Kapil knock, but manage to produced one of the greatest ever ODI knocks in women’s cricket helping India storm into the ICC World Cup final, beating a strong Australian side by 36 runs in the semi-final.
While Harmanpreet brought ‘Kurnage” on to the Aussies bowlers, twitter went on to overdrive in praise of the girl from Moga district in Punjab.
sachin tendulkar ✔ @sachin_rt
Incredible batting by @ImHarmanpreet! Come on India- Let’s go out and win the second half of the game as well. #AUSvIND #WWC17 #WomenInBlue
9:21 PM – 20 Jul 2017
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Ravi Shastri ✔ @RaviShastriOfc
Harmanpreet you rockstar. Simply awesome – @ImHarmanpreet @BCCIWomen #TeamIndia #AUSvIND
9:07 PM – 20 Jul 2017
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Virat Kohli ✔ @imVkohli
What an innings by @ImHarmanpreet and a brilliant effort by the bowlers also so far.. #INDvAUS @BCCIWomen #ICCWomensWorldCup2017
10:13 PM – 20 Jul 2017
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Anil Kumble ✔ @anilkumble1074
Serious batting by @imharmanpreet! What a knock! #IndvsAus #WWC17
9:02 PM – 20 Jul 2017
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Kapil Dev ✔ @therealkapildev
Filled with pride seeing @BCCIWomen perform like this.Congratulations on the great victory. Unforgettable knock by @ImHarmanpreet
12:00 AM – 21 Jul 2017
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Virender Sehwag ✔ @virendersehwag
An Innings of a lifetime , Harmanpreet Kaur . What wonderful clean hitting. More than 60% of India’s runs.
Fan ! Over to the Bowlers now.
8:58 PM – 20 Jul 2017
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Ram Nath Kovind @ramnat_kovind
What an incredible Innings by @ImHarmanpreet
10:18 PM – 20 Jul 2017
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Mohandas Menon ✔ @mohanstatsman
1st 50 in 64 balls
2nd 50 in 26 balls
3rd 50 in 17 balls
last 21 in 8 balls#WWC17 #IndvsAus
8:56 PM – 20 Jul 2017
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cheteshwar pujara ✔ @cheteshwar1
What a special knock by @ImHarmanpreet! Absolutely phenomenal. #IndvsAus #WWC17
9:08 PM – 20 Jul 2017
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What worked to Harmanpreet’s advantage was her experience of playing the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) for Sydney Thunders due to which her familiarity with the current Aussie attack was much more than any other player.
After a useful 60 against New Zealand in the virtual quarter-final, Harmanpreet upped the ante like never before.
She batted like as if there was no tomorrow as she repeatedly hit the troika of left-arm spinner Jess Jonasen (0/63 in 7 overs), off-break bowler Ashleigh Gardner (1/43 in 8 overs) and leg-spinner Kirsten Beans (1/49 in 8 overs) with utter disdain.
Her footwork against the spinners was exemplary as she would repeatedly come down the track to loft them in the arc between long-on and deep mid-wicket.
She seemed in some discomfort with side strain but that did not deter her from targetting the on-side as a whopping 137 runs was added in 13.4 overs along with Deepti Sharma (25) for fourth wicket.
Such was her focus that once she scampered home for a double to complete her hundred, she was seen shouting at Deepti after she flung her helmet in disgust.
She regained her composure, said sorry to a teary-eyed junior and like a woman on mission completely annihilated the opposition bowlers finishing the match as contest by the time they went into the break.