I wanted to prove myself when opportunity arrived: Harmanpreet

Vastavam web: Harmanpreet Kaur did not get enough batting time in the run up to her blistering knock in the ICC Women’s World Cup semifinal and the Indian power-hitter said she wanted to prove her worth when the opportunity arrived.Harmanpreet produced inarguably one of the greatest ODI knocks ever in women’s cricket yesterday to power India into the final of the World Cup with a stunning 36-run win over defending champions Australia here.But in the run-up to the semifinal, Harmanpreet struggled to get time in the middle and had faced only 91 balls in five innings.

“I didn’t get a chance to bat in the whole tournament,” she said after her scintillating knock.”Mithali (Raj) and Deepti (Sharma) scored really well and Veda [Krishnamurthy] scored really well,” she added complementing her batting companions. Such was Harmanpreet’s brutal assault that she was at one stage batting on 41 off 60 balls before going berserk.Talking about her marauding knock, Harmanpreet, who idolises Virender Sehwag, said: “Today’s plan was just watch the ball, hit it hard and this is what I was doing.”Some areas they were bowling well but I just wanted to hit and rotate the strike.”Harmanpreet was involved in a 137-run stand for the fourth wicket with Deepti Sharma (25), the only Indian woman with a higher score in ODIs.