Many from the cricket fraternity feel Harmanpreet has played the finest ODI knock in women's cricket. (Image courtesy: Getty)
Many from the cricket fraternity feel Harmanpreet has played the finest ODI knock in women’s cricket. (Image courtesy: Getty)

The best ODI knock I have ever seen, tweeted former Australian cricketer Melanie Jones. India were off to a cautious start but Harmanpreet Kaur played the innings of her life to see India through to the ICC Women s World Cup final. They beat the defending champions and hot favourites Australia. Harmanpreet, who struck 20 fours and 7 sixes in her 115-ball 170 wanted to prove a point. ALSO READ: Mithali Raj credits WBBL for Harmanpreet Kaur’s transformation

I didn’t get a chance to bat in the whole tournament, today when I got the chance I just wanted to utilise it this opportunity because today was the day where I wanted to prove myself. 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 said after her blitz.

Who said what?

Former England captain Charlotte Edwards lauded the innings as best innings I have ever seen. And this coming from a great means a lot.

From Sachin Tendulkar to VVS Laxman to Rohit Sharma to Michael Vaughan and Virat Kohli among scores of other cricketers took to Twitter to congratulate Harmanpreet. READ MORE: Harmanpreet scores 171* against AUS; sets Twitter ablaze reported several cricketers hailing her performance.

Meg Lanning, Australian skipper and widely acknowledged as the world s best batter in women s cricket, said: I was a pretty good innings from her. I don’t think we executed as well as we could have. We just sort of gave her a little bit too much to work with and it was pretty hard ground to defend once she got going.

Her counterpart and world record holder Mithali Raj drew parallels with Chamari Athapathu s extraordinary knock against the same side.

As an Indian player (that is the greatest knock I have seen), we saw Athapathu score that 178 not out, but obviously it s good to see someone play that from the Indian team, especially at this stage. It was important for us to come out with this sort of a performance to qualify for the final, it was an exceptional performance, said Mithali.

Australian vice-captain Alex Blackwell, who slammed a 56-ball 90 to keep her team in the hunt, said: I’ve seen her bat like that before but not for that long and she hit the ball incredibly well today.We’ve seen a couple of big innings this World Cup, but that’s probably the best one yet given the what was on the line; a place in the final. She can be very proud to get her team in to that match against England.

Australian all-rounder and one of the stars of this tournament Ellyse Perry hailed it as special innings .

It was a special innings; we’ve probably been on the receiving end of two of them this tournament. It s tough to watch as a fielder and as a bowler because it’s pretty hard to stop someone like that, said Perry.

Her national and domestic teammate Veda Krisnamurthy has often seen Harmanpreet launch her beast mode .

I’ve played the last eight or nine years with (Kaur), we play for the same domestic side so I’ve seen the beast mode often, but today to play in a semi-final, that’s incredible, she’s just amazing, said Veda.