WPL 2024: ‘Kaur Enjoys Playing Under Pressure’ – Nat Sciver-Brunt Praises Harmanpreet Kaur Following Her Heroics

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Harmanpreet Kaur was at her attacking best in the WPL 2024. [Image: Getty] Nat Sciver-Brunt
Harmanpreet Kaur was at her attacking best. [Image: Getty]

Nat Sciver-Brunt has praised Harmanpreet Kaur for her incredible performance against Gujarat Giants in the playoff of the WPL 2024. Kaur led Mumbai Indians to a sensational win by scoring 95 not out off 48 deliveries.

Harmanpreet’s stellar performance has been praised by all. Her 91 runs in the last 6 overs, helped Mumbai Indians chase one of the highest scores successfully in the history of WPL. Nat Sciver has praised Harmanpreet with a mouthful of good words. Her calm demeanour off-field and never-say-die attitude on-field make her one of the finest players.

“When we are in the hotel, she is relaxed with the group. On game day she is a lot more focused and tunnel-visioned on what the task is. I’ve noticed that. When she bats, she’s not often flustered about things like when she hasn’t gotten to a good start. Like we saw today, she doesn’t need to. She believes in herself and her ability. She has played some special knocks over the years against all international sides and in the WPL. When the pressure is on, she enjoys being out there,” said Nat.

Harmanpreet Kaur’s 8 fours and 5 sixes accelerated the team’s chase in the last few overs, which was crucial for the team to win.

Nat Sciver-Brunt praised the players’ performance post-strategic timeout stating, “Pretty insane. After the time-out, they had a chance to decide how they wanted to go about it and they discussed it with Lottie (Charlotte Edwards, head coach). Harman (Harmanpreet Kaur) just switched it on. We have seen it a few times and it was pretty incredible.”

“She has days where she is really firing, and one of those days was today on the field, and when she came back into the dressing room, she was really focused. Melie (Amelia Kerr) said she had that look in her eye. She needed to do what she wanted to do, and executed it. She was in the zone when were in the dugout. She knew the job at hand, and when she got the chance, she took it,” she again added.

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“You got to give credit to her” – Nat Sciver-Brunt on Harmanpreet Kaur

Despite the distraction caused by the sprinklers in the 18th over, Harmanpreet Kaur continued to play her stellar, stroking the ball for maximum potential runs.

“Jhulan (Goswami, bowling coach and mentor) was very annoyed, and so were some other players. I thought it was ridiculous and I started laughing when the sprinklers came on. We were a bit worried it would halt our momentum because we’d had two or three good overs.”

“But Melie said Harman told her ‘It’s good, we need a break. We have a rest and we can keep going’. Even in that moment she was really focused. She does keep to herself and is focused. I like to voice things so that I don’t think about it too much, and it gives me clarity. She allows me to do that. So far, we have batted well together. As a senior player in the team and part of a wider leadership group, we are able to share our thoughts, and that is why we have won a few games.”

Harmanpreet Kaur’s masterclass at the Arun Jaitley Stadium had Michael Klinger, the Gujarat Giants head coach, speak in appreciation of the opposition’s captain.

“There are certain things we could have done differently, bowled in different areas, trying to make her hit out to the longer boundary a little bit more was something we need to review and talk about. But, you got to give her credit because that was a fantastic innings She moved around the crease as well which made even harder for our bowlers and hit both sides of the wicket, hit straight. She wasn’t just hitting them over the fence, some of them were just going 20-30 meters back. You got to give credit to her with that innings and hopefully in the future she plays against other teams, not us,” Nat Sciver-Brunt concluded.


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