Harmanpreet Kaur took over the list to become the most successful skipper of the Indian Cricket fraternity. She won her 42nd match with Pakistan in Birmingham, at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday, July 31, 2022.
Kaur took the position as India’s full-time captain in the short format in 2018. She has led the team in T20 world cup in 2018 and 2020. After Mithali Raj’s retirement announcement in 2022, Kaur took over as the captain of the Indian women’s cricket team in ODI too. She has played 71 matches so far and won 42 out of them which has made her top of the list of all the Indian cricket team captains so far, followed by MS Dhoni (41), Virat Kohli (30) and the current captain of Men’s Indian cricket team, Rohit Sharma (27).
Harmanpreet Kaur breaks MS Dhoni’s record
The elated captain after the win told Asian News International, “It feels good to win, 1st wins are important. There were a lot of positives today & we would try to continue this ahead. It’s important to perform as a unit, we had a good start today & won quickly.”
The Indian team won over Pakistan by eight wickets On Sunday. The Pakistan team chose to bat first and ended up being all out at 99 runs. Reports say spinners Sneh Rana and Radha Yadav stood out in the match with two wickets each. Rana with her fiery bowling left the other team spellbound. Smriti Mandana caught everyone’s eyes by managing a half-century right at the opening and helping the team win within just 11.4 overs.
Indian opener Shefali Sharma made 16 runs in the match and told the media that the crowd cheering them to win helped them to perform better. She said, “There was a lot of crowd cheering for us, we got a push from that & we won. have always enjoyed bowling as well as batting. The next match is crucial, we would give our 100% to win.”
Despite losing their opening match at the CWG with Australia, the Indian team has qualified for the semi-finals in the Commonwealth Games. This year stands out for the Indian women’s cricket team as this is the first time it gets to be a part of the roaster.
It goes without saying how proud India is of the women’s team, yet the roots of the sports fraternity in India remain biased towards the men. Women are still not encouraged to go ahead with sports as a career and not enough is funded for the development of women’s sports. When will we start to acknowledge the capability of women to be good at this?
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