Finally, A Trophy: Harmanpreet.
Women's Premier League: Mumbai Indians Captain Harmanpreet Kaur waited long time for such a moment.
Captain Harmanpreet Kaur was beaming after Mumbai Indians won the inaugural Women's Premier League on Sunday night. "It feels like a dream for everyone here. It's a special moment for all of us, and I have been waiting for this moment for a long, long time. Today I can feel how one feels after winning a trophy", she said after the final at the Brabourne Stadium.
Indeed, a trophy has been a long time coming for the 34-year old. Thrice as the captain of the Indian women's team, she has lost big games to her Australian counterpart Meg Lanning. Two of those defeats came in the finals-of the 2020 Women's T20 World Cup at the MCG and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, while one came recently in the semifinal of the 2023 Women's T20 World Cup in Cape Town.
You could, therefore, understand why she was punching the air when, towards the closing stages of the chase, Amelia Kerr hit her second four to bring the equation down to less than a run a ball. As soon as Nat-Sciver-Brunt hit the winning runs to secure the seven-wicket win in a tight final against the Delhi Capitals, Kaur, along with her MI teammates, ran towards the centre in joy. Her knockout curse had finally ended. As she celebrated the triumph with her MI teammates, delaying the post-final presser, it was clear that Kaur wanted to soak in the much-awaited moment to the full.
"I am delighted as captain I can win something which is so important for women's cricket. I want to keep doing this in future also. I was waiting a long time to win a tournament on a good platform. " Whatever I have learnt from this tournament, I want to share the experience with my teammates", she said, looking admiringly towards the glittering WPL trophy kept beside her at the post-final press conference. Hayley Matthews becomes the most valuable player in the WPL.
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