Hours after Harmanpreet Kaur made India proud by smashing 171 runs against Australia in the second semifinal of the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup, her mother while speaking to ANI said girls in India should be empowered and not killed in the womb so that they can make the country proud just like her daughter. “Girls must be empowered, shouldn’t be killed in womb. The way my daughter made the country proud, other girls should also be encouraged,” she said. Kaur had produced one of the finest innings ever in women’s cricket on Thursday night guiding India to a 36-run win.
Meanwhile, Harman’s father said that he always wanted her to excel in sports. He added that Harmanpreet should win the World Cup and make the nation proud. “Want her to further excel, win the World Cup and make the nation proud,” father of Harmanpreet Kaur said in Moga, Punjab. Harmanpreet who is also the vice-captain of the Indian cricket team smashed 171 off just 115 balls, leaving the Australian bowlers in a daze as India put up an imposing 281 for 4 after rain reduced the match to 42-overs a side.
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This was India’s highest total against Australia in ODIs and took them to their second World Cup final. India previously made it to the final of ICC Women’s World Cup in 2005 under the captaincy of then 22-year-old Mithali Raj but suffered a 98-run defeat against Australia. However, yesterday belonged to Harmanpreet Kaur as her innings could well be termed as one which will be remembered for years to come. It drew comparisons with Kapil Dev’s historic 175 against Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells during the 1983 campaign with members of the men’s team, including skipper Virat Kohli, showering accolades on her.
Harmanpreet’s third ODI century was embellished with 20 fours and as many as seven sixes. It was also the second highest individual score in ODIs for India behind Deepti Sharma’s unbeaten 188 against South Africa earlier this year.