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Harmanpreet Kaur - A captain's triumph at the Asian Games 2023

Harmanpreet Kaur's triumphant captaincy at the Asian Games 2023 is a story of redemption from past losses.

Harmanpreet Kaur - A captains triumph at the Asian Games 2023
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FILE PHOTO: Indian women's cricket team celebrates after Titas Sadhu takes a wicket against Sri Lanka in the final of the Asian Games.

By

Deepa Ramasubramanian

Updated: 27 Sep 2023 3:11 PM GMT

In cricket, where leadership often makes the difference between victory and defeat, Harmanpreet Kaur has carved her name in golden letters. Her journey as a captain peaked at the Asian Games 2023 when she led the Indian women's cricket team to a historic gold medal. This victory was a true comeback story, considering the heartbreaks of the T20 World Cup 2020 final loss to Australia by 85 runs and the T20 World Cup 2023 semifinal defeat to the same opponents again by five runs.

Harmanpreet Kaur's successful captaincy commenced in the Women's Premier League (WPL), where she took charge of the Mumbai Indians in the inaugural season. The Mumbai Indians triumphed in a thrilling final against the Delhi Capitals, winning by seven wickets.

The journey of success continued with the T20 Asia Cup 2023. Kaur led India to victory in the tournament through her all-round contributions. In the final against Pakistan, she played a defining innings, scoring an unbeaten 70 off 49 balls, guiding India to a comfortable win while earning herself the Player of the Match award.

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However, it was at the Asian Games 2023 that Harmanpreet Kaur's captaincy legacy reached its zenith. Cricket returned to the Asian Games after a nine-year hiatus, and India, under her leadership, made its maiden appearance. India remained unbeaten throughout the tournament, securing a spot in the finals.

Kaur's captaincy skills shone brightly in the gold medal match against Bangladesh. The Bangladeshi batting lineup crumbled under India's pace attack, eventually being bundled out for a mere 51 runs. India chased down the target comfortably, sealing the spot in finals.

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Harmanpreet Kaur's journey as a captain has been nothing short of remarkable. From leading domestic teams to captaining the national side to glorious victories, she has become an inspirational figure in Indian cricket. The gold medal at the Asian Games 2023 was not just a triumph for the team but a moment of pride for every cricket enthusiast in the nation.

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