Coach helped Harmanpreet after poor form, know how the captain made a comeback


Highlights

Harmanpreet Kaur scored 143 runs against England
This is Harmanpreet Kaur’s second century this year
Indian captain has scored a total of 5 centuries in ODIs

New Delhi: Harmanpreet Kaur scored a brilliant century in the second match of the ODI series being played between India and England. On the basis of her century, the Indian women’s team registered a big win by 88 runs in the match. The team had made a huge score of 333 runs. With this, the team has also taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series. Harmanpreet Kaur played an unbeaten innings of 143 runs in 111 balls. For the first time since 1999, the women’s team has won the ODI series in England. The role of coach Yadwinder Singh Sodhi has been important in the return of Harmanpreet.

Yadvinder Singh Sodhi told The Indian Express from Adelaide, I had to go to work this morning. Harmanpreet dominated the opposition bowlers in the match. It reminded me of the 2017 World Cup, when Harmanpreet scored 171 against Australia. I told him, when you play your natural game, the team as well as the fans enjoy watching you.

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After the 2017 century, Harmanpreet Kaur scored 109 runs in an ODI against West Indies earlier this year, her first century since 2017. In 2018, he scored a century in T20 against New Zealand. After this, there was a run-down in his career, but he regained his momentum during the Commonwealth Games and scored 2 half-centuries. He scored 65 runs in the final.

Sodhi said that when she came to Australia last year to play the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), she spent a week with us in Adelaide. Big scores were not coming from his bat, but we wanted him to rest first. It was Diwali time and Kaur celebrated Diwali with our family. This helped him a bit to stay away from cricket. My advice to Harmanpreet was to play her aggressive game in the tournament. That weekend he hit 40 off 18 balls and I thought he had regained the momentum.

He was adjudged the Player of the Tournament in the 2021 Big Bash. He scored 406 runs at a strike rate of 130 and also scored 3 half-centuries. He had a total of 18 sixes in the tournament. Apart from this, he also took 15 wickets in his name.

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Sodhi further said that sometimes pressure forces players to try something new. In the Big Bash, Harman was trying to score runs in the square and square off area and was playing a shot like a paddle sweep. I told him that he should play his natural aggressive game. We discussed that there is nothing wrong in trying with the first ball.

In the second ODI against England, Harmanpreet showed why he is still one of the finest strikers. He hit 18 fours and 4 sixes in the match against England. He scored 45 runs in deep mid-wicket and 43 runs in the areas of cover.

Tags: Harmanpreet Kaur, Indian Womens Cricket, Indian Women’s Team, Smriti Mandhana



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