Harmanpreet Kaur made 171* with a finger injury © Getty Images
Harmanpreet Kaur made 171* with a finger injury © Getty Images

Star of 2017 Women’s World Cup campaign, Harmanpreet Kaur, has revealed about playing with an injury across the tournament. Harmanpreet played a lone ‘hand’ in India’s semi-final win over Australia, where she blasted 171*. She, however, had suffered an injury to her ring finger on her left hand during India’s second league game. Harmanpreet revealed to be playing with a clamp on her finger during the semi-final and final. It was due to this injury that she pulled her left shoulder in the match against Australia due to the immense amount of pressure she was forcing into her shots.

In an interview with Times of India, Harmanpreet said, “I played nearly the entire tournament with a finger injury, which I suffered during our second league match against the Windies. I sustained the injury while fielding. The physio advised me rest, but I went back and managed to take two wickets. Thankfully, I didn’t have to bat in that game.”

Harmanpreet’s father, Harmandar Bhullar, added, “The doctors put a clamp on the ring finger of her left hand in order to keep it straight as the finger had become curved.”

Explaining in detail about the same, she said, “I wore the batting gloves on it. It was painful, but I was determined to go beyond the pain barrier and perform for my country,” Harmanpreet said. ” At one point, it looked I might have to return home from the World Cup. I would like to give credit to our physio Tracy Fernandes for helping me play the full tournament.”

Harmandar concluded by saying that even if her daughter was needed to bat one legged, she would have not flinched an eye. “For a right-handed batter, power comes through one’s right hand, while the left hand gives the ball direction. The finger injury meant it was difficult for her to grip the bat with strength. The tear in her (Harmanpreet’s) left shoulder after the semi-final meant she was literally batting with one hand,” he concluded.