171 against Australia is simply the standard I have set, says Harmanpreet

Senior India player Harmanpreet Kaur, who has combatted a drawn-out tough situation, feels her 171 against Australia in the 2017 World Cup overshadowed her many "essential" thumps of 30 and 40, which followed that "benchmark-setting" innings.

Two days before the ODI World Cup begins in New Zealand, the vice-captain added that critics often forget her low-scoring but important knocks because of one standout performance.

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“I know people talk more about my 171-knock and that is a standard I have set for myself, maybe that’s why my small knocks of 30-40 runs, which are crucial to the team, are not given importance,” Kaur said during a virtual press conference on Wednesday.

“I don’t want to judge myself through numbers – what matters to me is that when the team needs me, I can stand up for them be it by scoring 100 runs or 10 runs.”

The 32-year-old had been battling with the willow however thundered back to shape on schedule for the World Cup, starting on Friday.

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Kaur scored a total of 33 runs in the first three matches against New Zealand before being dropped from the side for the fourth ODI. However, in the final game, the right-hander smashed 63, following it up with a 104 in the warm-up match against South Africa.

“Yes definitely (feeling confident about batting), there were a lot of ups and down in my performance but the last hundred performance has given me a lot of confidence.

“The innings against New Zealand was very crucial for me. I got the rhythm I needed now it’s very important for me to continue this rhythm and momentum.

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“I have a lot of expectation from myself because I know my importance in the team. One wants to do well every time but things are not always in your favour.

“When things are not going your way a lot of people say a lot of things but the good thing in that is the people around me gave me a lot of confidence during the crucial time.

“It is painful when as a cricketer you are not getting runs. You are trying to give your 200 per cent but are not able to deliver at that level you expect of yourself,” she added.

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Mumbai-based sports analyst Dr. Mugdha Bavare is going with the Indian ladies' group interestingly and Kaur feels her administrations have been indispensable.

“Mugdha maam has been of a lot of help especially in the last four games which we played against New Zealand where my performance was not good and even, I was going into the shell.

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“I had things in my mind but I was not aware of it, after talking to her I got the solutions. I got clear ideas after talking to her those things really helped during last 2-3 games.”

Kaur confirmed that she will be batting at number five in the World Cup.

“I am more comfortable at four but sometime you have to play according to the demands of the team. We had discussions on that but as of now I’m going to play at number 5 but in future if there are any changes that would be according to match situations.”