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"If you are talking about my favourite cricketer, then that has to be Virender Sehwag. Dhoni, Virat inspire me"

By Sahil Mehan -

Harmanpreet Kaur, has become a sensation in last one year, from helping clinch India Asia Cup title in Thailand, to helping India win a last ball thriller in ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2017 Finals against South Africa in Sri Lanka and in between having a wonderful season with Sydney Thunder in Women Big Bash League. Especially after helping India chase 8 in last 2 balls, Harman has become MS Dhoni version of India women, but at times she is compared to Virat. It is not only the fans but even her teammates call her Virat. 

Speaking to Star Sports, post helping Team India chase against South Africa, the Stand in skipper said, “Teammates often call me Virat. That’s their way of showing love.”

She further added on her comparison with MS Dhoni, "It feels good when one compares you with someone like the (former) Indian captain. Ever since I have taken cricket seriously, he has been dominating Indian cricket. But…if you are talking about my favourite cricketer, then that has to be Virender Sehwag. Dhoni, Virat inspire me, but even yesterday, when the runs were drying up, I kept on thinking about how Viru paaji would have handled the pressure,"

Speaking on her Idol, she said, "When you idolise someone, you can’t help but recollect that name at the time of crisis. That’s how I remembered paaji. But after I hit that six, even at the back of the mind, I knew it was more like Dhoni. That’s how he would have finished off.”

Speaking on her exprience in Women Big Bash League, Harman added, "Those days in Australia taught me a basic lesson — if you can adapt to the conditions, you can do anything. That’s what I believe these days,”

Individually , Harman's perforamnce ahead of the tournament was not upto the mark, and because of that she didn't even speak to her parents. as she adds, "I was not in a mood to talk. What would I tell the folks at home? The runs weren’t coming, and then there was injury. I was in tatters, almost.”

Harmanpreet, who hails from Moga, concluded, she will rest for couple of days and then she will move to NCA, "After a few days’ rest, I am off to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for rehabilitation. After that, I will start preparing for the World Cup,”  

Sahil Mehan

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