This is Harmanpreet Kaur at the exact moment she scored 150 runs against Australia in the second semi-final of the ICC Women's World Cup at Derby yesterday. Her superb knock helped India score a berth in Sunday's final at The Lord's in London against England.
Harmanpreet went on to score a staggering 171 off 115 balls to help India beat Australia by 36 runs in the second semi-final. This is her third One Day International hundred, and she scored it off 20 fours and seven sixes. She had a 66-run, third wicket partnership with skipper Mithali Raj and a 137-run fourth wicket one with Deepti Sharma, to firmly steer India back on course for a win.
So understandably, Twitter can't stop gushing about 28-year-old Kaur and about our women in blue.
From cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar to star cricketers Yuvraj Singh, Ravi Shastri, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, and cricket fans such as Shah Rukh Khan, practically every celebrity joined voices to cheer Harmanpreet and our women's cricket team.
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 20, 2017
Wow @Imharmanpreet Go India win this one!!— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) July 20, 2017
In Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami and Harmanpreet Kaur, young Indian girls now have three fine role models to seek to emulate.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 20, 2017
And the memes followed.
And pictures that are testimony to what the Women's Cricket Team has actually achieved.
Makes me so happy that this is on the front page of a national newspaper. pic.twitter.com/rTLCo67lE6— Suprateek Chatterjee (@SupraMario) July 21, 2017
And finally this very valid message for brands.
If corporate sponsors are listening, Kaur and the rest of our cricketers have sent a message that's clear enough. Help them get the best facilities to better their game. They are icons that every little girl wanting a career in sports will emulate in the future. Women's cricket and every other women's sport in India need support.Suggest a correction