London: Harmanpreet Kaur hit a sensational 171 not out off only 115 deliveries to help India post a massive 281 for four in a rain-shortened 42-overs-a-side Women’s World Cup semi-final at Derby and it also reminds of a religion called cricket gripped India in 1983, when the Kapil Dev-led men’s team was crowned World Champions. The then minnows, who had done little in the previous World Cup editions to inspire confidence from supporters, beat the force West Indies was at that time.
Kaur struck 20 fours and seven sixes in her career-best score and became the second Indian after Deepti Sharma to hit 150. Kaur joined forces with skipper Mithali Raj after India were reduced to 35/2 in 9.2 overs. Kaur was at her aggressive best from the first ball and played the shots at will as the duo put on an important 66-run stand for the third wicket.
She then stitched a 137-run stand with Deepti Sharma for the fourth wicket before Kaur added a quick-fire unbeaten 43 off just 19 balls with Veda Krishnamurthy. The cricket fraternity all over the world, including the great Charlotte Edwards, paid rich tribute to the 28-year-old’s breezy innings.