Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur was guiding Team India well in the semi-final chase against Australia, until she fell short of the crease by a whisker and Aussies’ Beth Mooney struck her bails off. Kaur’s run-out was one of the turning points of the match as the Indian skipper had reached her half-century and generated lot of hope among Indian cricket fans to ease past Australian challenge in a must-win game.
The Indian batters looked complete furious and disappointed with her dismissal as she perhaps understood at that moment that India was pushed way back in the game. Meanwhile, Kaur responded sharply to England captain Nasser Hussain’s cheeky take on her dismissal by terming it ‘schoolgirl error’ during commentary.
When Kaur was asked to react on Hussain’s observation by stating ‘its way of thinking’ and ‘such mistake has been committed by many cricketers’ in the past. “How will you take the pressure when someone like Nasser Hussain on live commentary calls it a schoolgirl error or a club cricket error? a reporter asked Kaur.
“He said that? Yes. Okay. I don’t know. This is a way of thinking. I don’t know but sometimes it happens. I have seen many times in cricket when batters are taking a single like that and sometimes the bat is stuck there,” Kaur said. Adding further, Indian skipper admitted that her side was unlucky and needs to improve a lot to qualify for the fin”ls.
“I will take it as we were unlucky today. Maybe something still, we to have improve to go to the finals because we definitely didn’t field badly. We didn’t bowl well in patches. Sometimes we didn’t bat well. If you want to win any game, performance across department needs to be well. Then only you have more chances to go to the semis, to the finals. I think it was unlucky but I don't think it was a mistake by a schoolgirl because we are mature enough. We are playing international cricket and whatever he said, that's his way of thinking. But I don't think it was like that," Harmanpreet said.