Australia batter Meg Lanning recently announced her retirement from international cricket. Her surprising decision left the cricketing world in deep shock. The cricket fraternity has prompted diverse reactions, with figures like Ian Bishop, Mithali Raj, Michael Vaughan, Heather Knight, and Adam Gilchrist expressing their thoughts on this unexpected news. The recent reaction came from India captain Harmanpreet Kaur.
Meg Lanning’s long time rival Harmanpreet Kaur has expressed her shock at the Australian legend’s retirement call. The Australia captain left as one of the most prolific cricketers to play in the women’s division but her India counterpart believes that she could have done so much more.
No one expected her to end her international career at such an early age of 31. Applauding Lanning for her successful career and wishing her the best for the future, Harmanpreet Kaur told Australian media,
“Definitely it was shocking because of the kind of player she is, I still feel she had so many years to do well for Australian cricket, but that’s a personal decision. She has achieved so much as a women cricketer.”
‘She has achieved so many things which as a player, we dream to achieve those things’ – Harmanpreet Kaur on Meg Lanning
The Indian captain further added, “She has been leading the team from the front and won so many ICC titles. I think she has achieved so many things which as a player, we dream to achieve those things, but wishing her luck for the future.”
Meg Lanning and Harmanpreet Kaur are two of the greatest women’s cricketers in history, with the pair possibly their country’s all-time best female batters respectively. The two icons in women’s cricket locked horns on various occasions with their most recent and last international meeting coming in the women’s T20I world cup semi-finals in Cape Town.
One of the most prominent India- Australia meetings in women’s cricket came in the 2017 women’s world cup semi-final in Derby. Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur smashed a brilliant unbeaten 171 in the rain-affected game and knocked out Australia from the tournament. The cricket icons also faced each other in the inaugural Women’s Premier League (WPL) final with Harmanpreet Kaur leading Mumbai Indians while Meg Lanning led Delhi Capitals.
Meg Lanning ‘s last international outing came in the Women’s T20I world cup held in February this year where she led her team to lift the title following a win over South Africa. She has won 7 world cup titles and is considered as the most decorated captain. Despite the shocking decision of International retirement, she is currently leading the Melbourne Stars in the ongoing WBBL.