Skipper Harmanprit Kaur rekindled memories of the 2017 World Cup with a superb 143 not out as Indian women scored their highest overseas score of 333 of 5 against England in the second ODI at Canterbury on Wednesday. Skipper Harmanprit Kaur broke up a brilliant ton of unbeaten streaks to lead India to a complete 88-run victory in the second ODI that sealed the first series win over England since 1999. victory over England at Canterbury in England and took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. Harmanpreet Kaur delivered a sensational performance as she helped the Indian women beat England. Speaking about the game, captain Harmanpreet and star batter Harleen Deol had a 113-run partnership at Canterbury. Deol scored 58 runs off of 72 balls, and captain Harmanpreet scored 143 runs off of 111 balls to remain unbeaten.
Meanwhile, in their fiery inning, India recorded India’s highest ODI (333) against England for the loss of five wickets in 50 overs awarded. India then regrouped England by 245 in 44.5 overs, with Renuka Singh’s average pace on Wednesday night being four for 57. The current improvement in batting in women’s cricket may be attributed to a fluid bat-swing and effective shot execution, as Harmanpreet Kaur showed during her 143 against England. Few players have Harmanpreet Kaur’s swing. She effortlessly scoops rather than carving the over off. She swings the legs rather than heaving them. Salim Durani, a former heavyweight in Indian cricket, has a great word to describe his sixes. Salim Bhai never uses the term “hit” when he says, “I lifted him for a six, I hoisted him over long-on, and such.” Harmanpreet may use the same slang with pride.
But this development in the bat-swing in women’s cricket over the past decade or so, beyond Harmanpreet, paints a bigger picture. The bat-swing of Indians and foreign hitters throughout the 1980s was characterised by a lack of mobility. It’s as though the rest would yank, tug, or heave as soon as the ball lands to do the thing. Of course, there were outliers, but the average is what one is concerned about. Although the poor fielding and slow bowling were reasonable, this bat-swing would annoy. Of certainly not anymore.
In terms of Indian hitters with the most ODI hundreds in women’s cricket, Harmanpreet and Mandhana currently tie for second place. In women’s ODI cricket, legendary Indian batswoman Mithali Raj has hit seven centuries for her country. Earlier, Mandhana had been the third Indian batter in women’s ODI cricket to score 3,000 runs.