READ: When Harmanpreet Kaur got batting tips from Ajinkya Rahane

Indian women’s team vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur grabbed eyeballs across the world with her stunning innings of 171 runs off a mere 115 balls, against the defending champions Australians in the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.

The 28-year-old, who hails from Moga, Punjab, recently revealed that she learned a lot from observing men’s cricketer Ajinkya Rahane while training at the MCA.

It was during one of her sessions at Bandra-Kurla Complex that she picked up valuable tips from Ajinkya Rahane, who was preparing in the adjacent nets for an upcoming Test series.

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“Even though the bowlers were sometimes bowling half-volleys, he didn’t play a single drive. Usually, when we see the drive-length ball even while practicing our leaving, we tend to play shots, but he was not like that. I learned a big lesson that day, that if you decide something, you need to do everything in your power to make sure to stick with that,” Kaur said.

Harmanpreet also said that while she does not need much time to get into the aggressive mindset, calmness is also important for an international athlete.

“Though Virat Kohli is my favorite player, I want to play with Ajinkya Rahane’s calmness and freedom”, she added.

Harmanpreet Kaur with Virat Kohli

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