Suresh Raina, Harmanpreet Kaur

Suresh Raina welcomes Harmanpreet Kaur to the club of first T20I century

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It was one of those days that whatever Harmanpreet Kaur did turned to gold. The India captain struck a quite breathtaking century to power India to 194/5 in their allotted 20 overs during the opening match of the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 in Guyana. More importantly it gave India a comprehensive 34 run win over much fancied New Zealand.

Harmanpreet also scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to score a T20I ton. She completed up her hundred of just 49 balls with the help of seven fours and eight massive sixes. This was also the third fastest hundred in the history of women’s cricket.

During the course of her 103-run knock, she stitched a partnership of 134 with Jemimah Rodrigues (59), which is also an Indian record at the Women’s World T20.

Twitter was bombarded with congratulatory messages for Harmanpreet and among them was Indian cricketer Suresh Raina who posted a sweet message for his compatriot.

“Congratulations @ImHarmanpreet & welcome to the club of first T20I century! Wonderful inning and massive shots! Way to go!,” Raina tweeted.

After the match Harmanpreet revealed that her way of battling stomach cramps was to hit massive sixes and that’s exactly what she did on Friday in front of the crowd present at the Providence Stadium.

“Yesterday, I was having little bit back problem. In the morning, I was not feeling well, when I came to the ground I was feeling a little low and getting some cramps. The severe cramps hampered her running between the wickets as she came up with a different plan. When initially I was running twos, I got a little cramp, after that the physio gave me medicine, and a little bit it settled down.

Then I thought instead of running too much, if I could I get more big shots because you run too much, you get more cramps. Then I told Jemi (Jemimah Rodrigues), ‘if you give the strike to me, I can go for more big shots’,” the captain said.

This article was first published on CricketTimes.com.
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