rediff.com

NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News 
Rediff.com  » Cricket » 'Harmanpreet you rockstar. Simply awesome'

'Harmanpreet you rockstar. Simply awesome'

Last updated on: July 21, 2017 10:42 IST

Harmanpreet Kaur

IMAGE: Harmanpreet Kaur walks off at the end of India's innings after scoring 171 not out. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Several of India's former and current cricketers hailed batting sensation Harmanpreet Kaur after her magnificent century powered India into the final of the ICC Women's World Cup following a 36-run victory against Australia in the semi-finals, in Derby, on Thursday.

The Indian vice-captain smashed her way to a career-best magical 171 off 115 balls to lift India to 281 for four after rain reduced the match to 42-overs a side. This was India's highest ever total against the Southern Stars and proved to be match-winning as the current World champions managed just 245 in 40.1 overs despite Alex Blackwell's attacking innings of 90.

Harmanpreet Kaur

IMAGE: Harmanpreet Kaur on the attack. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Harmanpreet's third ODI century was laced with 20 fours and as many as seven sixes. No wonder, it drew comparisons with Kapil Dev's historic 175 against Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells during the 1983 World Cup campaign.

Several top Indian cricketers past and present, including skipper Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev showering accolades on her on Twitter. Even Bollywood biggies like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan applauded Harmanpreet's brilliant knock.

Check out some of the top tweets:

Ravi Shastri: Harmanpreet you rockstar. Simply awesome - @ImHarmanpreet @BCCIWomen #TeamIndia #AUSvIND

Harmanpreet Kaur

IMAGE: Harmanpreet Kaur hits a boundary through the off-side. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters

Sachin Tendulkar: Incredible batting by @ImHarmanpreet! Come on India- Let's go out and win the second half of the game as well. #AUSvIND #WWC17 #WomenInBlue

Brilliant finish by the #WomenInBlue! The pic says it all! Here we come Lord's! My best wishes for the final against England #AUSvIND #WWC17

Virat Kohli: What an innings by @ImHarmanpreet and a brilliant effort by the bowlers also so far..  #INDvAUS @BCCIWomen #ICCWomensWorldCup2017

Kapil Dev: Filled with pride seeing @BCCIWomen perform like this.Congratulations on the great victory. Unforgettable knock by @ImHarmanpreet

Harmanpreet Kaur

IMAGE: Harmanpreet Kaur reacts by throwing her helmet off onto the ground after reaching her century. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Amitabh Bachchan: T 2491 - CONGRATULATIONS .. !! Indian Women's Cricket team .. beat the Aussies to enter the FINAL in World Cup .. all the best .. !!!

Virender Sehwag: An Innings of a lifetime , Harmanpreet Kaur . What wonderful clean hitting. More than 60% of India's runs. Fan ! Over to the Bowlers now.

Congratulations @BCCIWomen . Really proud of what these wonderful girls have achieved for the country.  Best wishes for the finals.

Harmanpreet Kaur

IMAGE: Harmanpreet Kaur hits a six. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Sanjay Manjrekar: One of the greatest ever WC innings & have a look at Australia in the background.

Anjum Chopra: Thx @ImHarmanpreet for showcasing top class batting with grace and timing @cricketworldcup #WWC17 @BCCIWomen. This knock wil b remembered !