Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur kicked-off the women’s World T20 in an emphatic fashion by slamming an aggressive hundred. The right-hand batter came out all guns blazing and hammered 103 runs off just 51 balls.
This performance has taken the cricket world by frenzy and Twitter is in awe of India’s dashing daredevil captain.
Former and current cricketers and fans across the globe tweeted their appreciation and hailed Kaur.
Harmanpreet Kaur , wonderful hundred. Great bat swing in a really zordaar innings pic.twitter.com/lTfG5hsSkD
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 9, 2018
Kaur sets the foundation for India’s emphatic win
The Indan captain’s power-packed knock propelled India to a mammoth score of 194 runs which was too much to handle for the New Zealand team. The Kiwis scored only 160 runs as India won the first match of their world cup campaign by 34 runs.
The Indian captain came to the crease when India had lost three wickets inside six overs. But then she arrested the damage and took India to safe shores. In the death overs, the right-hand batter changed gears and unleashed her flurry. She was literally unstoppable at some phases in the innings and it seemed like there was no way to get her out.
CENTURY! HARMANPREET KAUR, WHAT A STAR.
— The Field (@thefield_in) November 9, 2018
Kaur bats outside the crease against spinner
The symbol of Kaur’s aura and daredevil attitude was the moment when she batted outside the crease against a spinner. It was a moment to admire the sheer brilliance of the Indian cricketer.
Harmanpreet Kaur 103 off 49, and this is vs spinners, standing outside the crease. The audacity pic.twitter.com/9WlRnfgPia
— Pogo Version (@SemperFiUtd) November 9, 2018
The Indian captain smashed seven fours and eight sixes in her 51-ball knock and scored the first hundred by an Indian woman in T20 Internationals. She was finally caught behind on the penultimate ball of the innings but by then the damage was already been done.
18-year-old Jemimah Rodrigues was impressive too as she played the second fiddle to Kaur and scored 59 runs off 45 balls. In the bowling department Poonam Yadav and Dayalan Hemalatha picked three wickets apiece.
— ♏ercury ♏an (@ThalaKarthik30) November 9, 2018
Twitter reactions to Harmanpreet’s record hundred
— Sushma Verma (@ImSushVerma) November 9, 2018
— Jhulan Goswami (@JhulanG10) November 9, 2018
Not a good day to be out. Looks like I am missing something special from Jemima Rodrigues and Harmanpreet!
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 9, 2018
— Kainat Imtiaz (@kainatimtiaz16) November 9, 2018
Take a bow Harmanpreet Kaur!👌👍👏 103 in 51 balls!
India women's 194-5 (20 of) is now the highest ever total in women's #WT20
Prev: 191-4 (20 overs) by Australia v Ireland at Sylhet 2014
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 9, 2018
Just smashed a centruy in T20 ….
👏👏👏👏 congratulations #harmanpreetkaur
— 〽️@#€$# (@mahi_614) November 9, 2018
Well done Harmanpreet!! Well played👏👏👏 #WT20
— merissa aguilleira (@mraguilleira) November 9, 2018
Women @virendersehwag Is Back 💥💥💥💥💪
Support #WomensT20 World Cup 🙏
— Sayyeshaa Fans Club💕 (@SayyeshaaFC18) November 9, 2018
Whatever BCCI are paying Harmanpreet Kaur, the ICC should pay twenty times that. She’s slapping women’s cricket into people’s houses. #harmonster
— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) November 9, 2018
Let's support our Women Cricket team . Captain Knock by Harmanpreet Kaur and great team work for wonderful start. We hope they will carry on and lift the trophy. pic.twitter.com/snqDHcJxHC
— PRIYARANJAN MEHER (@priyaranjanmehe) November 9, 2018
– 1st Indian player to score a century in Women’s T20Is
– 3rd captain to score a ton in Women’s T20Is
– 3rd player to score a century in Women’s World T20#WWT20
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) November 9, 2018
When I grow up I want to be Harmanpreet Kaur.
— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) November 9, 2018