India vs South Africa: Harmanpreet Kaur’s Off-Field Century Propels Her Into This Elusive Club
Indian Women’s Cricket Team vice-captain Harmanpreet Singh played her 100th ODI match when she took field in Lucknow against South Africa in the 1st ODI. This Punjab cricketer had to do a lot of struggle to reach where she is. She is only the fifth women cricketer to play a hundred ODI games for India. Four players who were already in this club: Mithali Raj (210), Jhulan Goswami (183), Anjum Chopra (127) and Amita Sharma (116).
1st ODI PREVIEW: Indian women’s ODI team vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur on Friday said it was a “tough call” to leave veteran pacer Shikha Pandey out of the upcoming limited-overs series against South Africa but she has not been dropped for good. The Indian women’s team will play five ODIs and three T20Is against South Africa, starting with the first one-dayer here on Sunday, which will mark the team’s return to competitive cricket after almost 12 months. Pandey’s omission from the ODI and T20 teams for the South Africa series created quite a flutter.
“I know it was a tough call, sometimes, you need to give chance to other players,” said Harmanpreet, who is the captain of India’s T20 team, during a virtual press conference. “She is not dropped…sometimes you need to take chances, after this tournament we will be able to settle our combination as we have a lot of cricket coming up in next 2-3 years.” The 31-year-old Pandey has played 52 ODIs and 50 T20 Internationals for India, taking 73 and 36 wickets respectively. Talking about the upcoming series, Harmanpreet said there is no rustiness in the side despite the prolonged time away from the game and they will look to regain their confidence with a good performance against South Africa. “I don’t think we are feeling any rustiness, we are very exited, I know it is a long break, sometimes things are not in your control. I hope we will have a great tournament,” she said. “Every tournament is important, and definitely South Africa is one team which has done very well in last couple of years and for upcoming tournaments, it is an advantage for us to play well against them and regain our confidence since we are playing after a long time.” Harmanpreet will complete a century of ODIs when India take on South Africa on Sunday and she said it will only motivate her to do better.