Don’t compare Harmanpreet Kaur’s knock with me: Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev's historic knock came against Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup.

Harmanpreet Kaur played master innings against Australia
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Harmanpreet Kaur’s blockbuster knock of 171 not out against Australia in the ongoing ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup on Thursday forced Ravi Shastri to compare her innings with Indian legend Kapil Dev’s 175 in the 1983 World Cup. Team Indian head coach took to Twitter and posted a split image of Kapil Dev and Women all-rounder Kaur, saying deja vu.

However, Cricket Commentators Harsha Bhogle and Alan Wilkins also agreed with Shastri, but former Indian skipper Kapil Dev did not agree with the comparison, and said that the two innings should not be compared and they should only celebrate her inning. The legendary all-rounder also wished good luck to Mithali raj-le Indian Team for their summit clash against England, which will be played on July 23 at Lord’s.

Speaking to The Times of India, Kapil Dev said, “The feeling is as if India has already won the World Cup. The final match is yet to be played against England on Sunday and I wish them all the luck.”

He further added, “It’s an unfair comparison. You can’t compare those two knocks. Right now, you shouldn’t bring what happened in the past. Right now, we should celebrate Harman’s innings.”

Harmanpreet Kaur smashed 20 boundaries and seven sixes in her 115-ball 171-runs innings that helped India to set their date for the final of the World Cup with the hosts England at Lord’s on Sunday.

Kaur’s this innings set buzz on the social media, where the Twitterati draw reference to the 1983 World Cup; that changed Indian cricket and how it can make a difference to women’s cricket in the country.

During the 1983 World Cup, when India was at 17/5 against Zimbabwe, Kapil Dev walks to bat and played one of the greatest knocks in the ODI cricket, hitting 175 runs off 138 balls, including 16 boundaries and six sixes, which helped India to revive their campaign in the tournament.

However, Kapil couldn’t see Harman’s knock due to prior commitments but said that he will definitely watch her inning with the recorded version. He further added, “I couldn’t see Harman’s knock live, but I am certainly going to catch up with the recorded version of it. It’s a great honour for our country to see such a knock happening from Harman.”

Kapil Dev concluded, “Harman’s knock is special because women’s cricket doesn’t get that kind of encouragement and when you see such a brilliant innings, it is a special day for Indian cricket.”