Harmanpreet better than any boy, asserts dad

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DERBY, ENGLAND - JULY 20: Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy of India walk of the pitch during the Semi-Final ICC Women's World Cup 2017 match between Australia and India at The 3aaa County Ground on July 20, 2017 in Derby, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Harmanpreet blasted her way to an unbeaten 171against Australia in the second semi-final
  2. “I hope she continues her good showing in the future too. She is better than any boy,” Harman’s father said
  3. Her coach Yadvinder Sodhi believes that in due course of time she will earn more laurels for the country

CHANDIGARH: It was 34 years back when Kapil Dev smashed an unbeaten 175 against Zimbabwe in a World Cup game at Tunbridge Wells, England – an innings which remains a major milestone in Indian cricket.

On Thursday, another Indian cricketer played an innings of similar import on English soil – Harmanpreet Kaur blasted her way to an unbeaten 171 against Australia in the second semifinal of the 2017 Women’s World Cup.

 Growing up in Moga (Punjab), Harmanpreet had no option but to play with the boys in her neighborhood as not many girls took up to sports. This was a blessing in disguise since she became a lot tougher than what she was earlier. Her father – Harmandar Bhullar – is a lawyer’s clerk in the district court. He feels that his daughter is better than most boys. “We have seen many hardships. I wanted her to be a sportsperson but could not because of financial constraints. My daughter is fulfilling my dreams now,” a proud Bhullar told TOI.

“She has brought our small city (Moga) on the national map with her outstanding performances. I hope she continues her good showing in the future too. She is better than any boy,” he added.
Knowing the ins and outs of Harmanpreet’s game is her coach Yadvinder Sodhi, who believes that in due course of time she will earn more laurels for the country.

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