Meet Harmanpreet Kaur, the first Indian woman to score a T20I century

[dropcap]L[/dropcap]eading from the front, Indian women’s cricket skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, on Friday scripted history with her brut hitting as she became the first Indian woman to score a century in the T20 Internationals.

The Moga-girl blasted 103 off just 51 balls in India’s opening game against New Zealand in the ongoing women’s T20 World Cup match in Guyana.

Taking the centre stage coupled with battling unbearable stomach cramps would have meant that she would retire to the confines of the dressing room. Instead, Kaur took the aerial route belligerently hitting eight sixes to avoid running.

The Indian team riding high on the back of its skipper’s ton logged an emphatic 34-run triumph against the Kiwis.

“Yesterday, I was having little bit back problem,” Kaur said after the match.

“I was not feeling well in the morning. When I came to the ground, I felt like I was getting some cramps,” she added.

The muscle problem hampered her running in between the wickets and it was then that she changed the gears of her innings.

Known for her penchant for big runs in the One-Day Internationals (ODIs), Kaur gave her detractors a befitting reply with her scintillating ton in the shortest format of the game.

Who is Harmanpreet Kaur?

  • Harmanpreet features as an all-rounder in the Indian women’s cricket team.
  • She made her ODI debut at age of 20 against arch-rivals Pakistan at the 2009 Women’s Cricket World Cup in Bradman Oval, Bowral.
  • In June 2009, she made her Twenty20 International debut at the 2009 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 against England women’s at County Ground, Taunton
  • In 2017, she was awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award for her exploits in cricket by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
  • In November 2018, she became the first woman for India to score a century in a Women’s Twenty20 International (WT20I) match.