The Indian T20I skipper, Harmanpreet Kaur became the first Indian cricketer to play as many as 100 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) as she took the field against South Africa in Surat on Friday. She achieved this milestone before MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma, who has played 98 T20Is for India.
Harmanpreet made her T20I debut against England in Taunton back in June 2009. She has taken 27 wickets and scored as many as 2,003 runs at an average of 28.61 so far in T20Is.
The Board of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) took to Twitter to post a video where the head coach of the Indian women’s team WV Raman presented a special cap to the Indian skipper to congratulate her on the achievement. BCCI tweet read: “A special cap for captain @ImHarmanpreet to mark her 100th T20I for #TeamIndia #INDvSA”.
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) October 4, 2019
The Indian women’s team completed a six-match T20I series against South Africa women and before the game Yesterday, they were having an unassailable lead of 3-0 as the hosts lost the last match by a humongous margin of 105 runs. India won the first match after which the next two matches were washed out due to rain in Surat.
The fourth T20I also started late due to stormy weather and was reduced to 17-over per side game. India won that match comfortably by 51 runs. On Thursday, India was in trouble chasing a small total of 99. At one stage, the hosts were 29 for three but Harmanpreet showed composure in the middle and remained unbeaten on 34 to take India across the line against South Africa.
The Indian skipper was phenomenal with the ball as well as she bowled three overs for just 13 runs and took an important wicket of Laura Wolvaardt, who was looking dangerous at one stage. For her all-round brilliance, Harmanpreet was adjudged player of the match in the fifth T20I.