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Harmanpreet battled stomach cramps on way to historic ton

November 10, 2018 16:29 IST

India captain Harmanpreet Singh smashed eight sixes en route her historic ton against New Zealand in the World T20 opener in Guyana on Friday

IMAGE: India captain Harmanpreet Singh smashed eight sixes en route her historic ton against New Zealand in the World T20 opener in Guyana on Friday. Photograph: ICC/Twitter

For an ordinary cricketer, battling unbearable stomach cramp could well mean retiring to the cooler confines of the dressing room but not for Harmanpreet Kaur.

For the Indian women’s team captain, hitting eight sixes in order to avoid running is best way to ignore stomach cramps.

Known for her penchant to raise the bar on big platforms, the skipper smashed her way to an unbeaten 103 off 51 balls in India's comfortable 34-run win against New Zealand in the opening game of the ICC World T20 on Friday.

 

"Yesterday, I was having little bit of a back problem," Kaur said after the match.

"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. But then 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," she said.

"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 skipper revealed.

Kaur didn't know while batting that she had gone on to become first T20 centurion from the country.

"I was not looking at how many runs I was getting, I was looking at how many we needed to win the game," Kaur said.

"We knew they have really good batters, they have Sophie Devine and [Suzie] Bates, we knew if we scored just 150, we may not (win the game)."

Kaur felt that it was a good batting track where a set batswoman could score big.

"I knew it was a good batting track, if I settle down, I can get the runs, that's what I was thinking."

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