Tribune News Service
Amritsar, July 25
Ecstatic with the enthralling performance of her student, Harmanpreet Kaur, in the ICC Women World Cup final, Madhu Arora Kapoor, coach of the stellar performer, feels there is more to this right-handed batsman and she is a god-gifted wonder. According to her, it is her discipline and technique which has helped her to carve a niche for herself. Harmanpreet was coached by Kapoor, a former international women cricketer from 2011-2015, at various camps organised under the Punjab Cricket Academy (PCA), Mohali. She, at present, is Punjab state women’s coach. Recalling her first impression about Harmanpreet, she says, “I saw her playing at Punjab State Inter-District Championship in 2011. We were spell-bound. She was spectacular with her technique at such a young age. For us, she is our wonder girl. She has inborn talent. She is truly god-gifted.”
The 28-year-old batter from Moga is ruling the world with her performance, especially her unbeaten 171 from 115 balls in the semi-final match against Australia. Under Madhu’s coaching, Harmanpreet was later selected to play in the prestigious Ranji trophy followed by winning a place in the Indian Cricket Women Team. She kept playing from the region until she was forced to shift to western railway due to lack of an employment opportunity from the state government.
“Harmanpreet was here with us till 2015. During her initial days, she had child-like qualities but I have seen her growing up all these years. She is extremely disciplined, ambitious and has a killer instinct to prove herself. Her desire to prove herself has intensified over the years. She is a regular girl but with a great attitude,” added Madhu.
However, the former off spinner-cum-opening batsman is a little disappointed with the minimal utilisation of Harman in this championship. Expressing her displeasure, she remarks, “Mostly, she was playing at the sixth or the seventh position. Harmanpreet is an opening batsman. She should have been given that chance to too.” A former world cup player feels that this performance of the women’s team will change the fortunes of the women’s cricket in this country.
These girls gave a tough fight, we are extremely proud of them. Lack of experience and pressure cost them this match. “However, parents will be motivated and this will bring recognition to female players, too,” said the official women cricket coach of the BCCI for the state.
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