Cricket fraternity reacts on Harmanpreet Kaur’s century

After defeating Australia now India will meet England at Lord’s on Sunday in their first 50-over final since 2005, looking to secure their first women’s ICC trophy. In a rain-curtailed semi-final against Australia at Derby the right-hander smashed an unbeaten 171 off just 115 balls as India posted 281/4 in 42 overs and later bowled out Australia for 245 to win the match by 36 runs.At a time where wishes are pouring in for Harmanpreet Kaur and all are congratulating her for her great 171 runs knock, how can the “Twitter King” Virender Sehwag take a back seat?”She can be very proud to get her team in to that match against England”. Her batting is fearless and the reputation of the opposition or bowler doesn’t bother her. We were quite calm out there really. It was the heat of the moment (Deepti Sharma incident), I said sorry to her.”We are all very proud of her feat”. Her score was the highest by any Indian player, male or female, in a World Cup knockout game. From her childhood days in Punjab’s Monga district where she used to play cricket with boys and not girls.Harmanpreet played the game like a boss and conquered the rival team, leaving everyone shocked. “It’s very disappointing”, she said.The 28-year old’s performance led India cricket coach Ravi Shastri and experts like Harsha Bhogle, Alan Wilkins and Ayaz Memon to compare her innings to the 175 scored by India’s World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev against Zimbabwe in the 1983 edition. While the occasion can sometimes get the better of the players, Harmanpreet isn’t feeling any pressure. No, (we’re) not feeling pressure. She trained under Kamaldeesh Singh Sodhi, owner of Moga’s premier cricket academy, who spotted her playing gully cricket and ended up taking care of her tuition fees, commute, cricket academy fees, shoes, and cricket kit.