Women’s World T20: India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur calm ahead of Australia semi-final
Harmanpreet Kaur marked the Women's World T20 opener with a hundred. (Image: ICC)

India Women’s captain Harmanpreet Kaur  is not looking into the past as her team – having beaten Ireland Women on Friday – prepares to face the No 1 team in Women’s T20Is on Saturday in the semi-finals of the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in Guyana.

The last time India played Australia in an ICC event was the semi-final of last year’s Women’s World Cup, when Harmanpreet scored a match-winning 171 not out from 115 balls to drive her team into the final. Though for her that day in England is a personal milestone, India’s T20I captain is keeping it cool ahead of tomorrow’s semi-final at Providence Stadium.

“I’m looking quite confident, but whatever has happened is history now and it’s a new day, a fresh day,” Harmanpreet said. “I’m hoping if I get a start I can continue the same momentum. I really enjoyed that particular day, but now it’s history. This is a new game for us and I have to start from the very first ball.”

The 29-year-old is the second-highest run-getter in Women’s T20Is this year, with 604 at 43.14. In India’s opening match of the Women’s World T20, Harmanpreet blazed 103 from 51 balls, with eight sixes and seven fours, to set up a 34-run win over New Zealand Women.

Several of her team-mates have spoken of Harmanpreet’s ability to launch balls over the ropes, and she said it was part of her pre-match routine.

“After my training I like to hit long shots,” she said. “It always gives me confidence when I get my first few boundaries, you feel like you can clear it after that. I like to hit big shots and my game is hard hitting.”