Deepika could por­tray me well, says all-rounder Har­man­preet

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Be­fore the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017, held in Eng­land in July, Har­man­preet Kaur (left) had to go about in­tro­duc­ing her­self as a crick­eter. She also had to ex­plain that the In­dian women’s cricket team plays a good game, much like our men in blue. Cut to the present. The 28-year-old all-rounder from Moga, Pun­jab, says that she gets mobbed wher­ever she goes. July 23, the day the World Cup fi­nal was held at Lord’s, has changed ev­ery­thing for In­dian women’s cricket.

“The ap­pre­ci­a­tion took time to ar­rive,” says Har­man­preet, who scored 171 in the semi­fi­nal against Aus­tralia. “But the love we’re get­ting now is over­whelm­ing.” In­dia lost the fi­nal match, but the women came back win­ners.

“Imag­ine what the re­ac­tion would’ve been had we won the World Cup!” says the mid­dle­order bats­man-cum-off-spin­ner in one breath. Har­man­preet will now be in Mum­bai for a while, to take part in TV shows, in­clud­ing a pop­u­lar game show hosted by Amitabh Bachchan. “I’m ex­cited to meet him. Though I don’t know if I’d be able to an­swer his ques­tions,” she jokes. This soft-spo­ken woman, thrilled like any young per­son who’s about to meet a pop cul­ture icon, is a far cry from the player whose on-field ag­gres­sion drove the team.

Given Bol­ly­wood’s cur­rent ob­ses­sion with sport-based films and the re­ports of pro­duc­ers keen on mak­ing women crick­eters’ biopics, we ask Har­man­preet who she thinks would be right to play her on-screen. “Deepika Padukone,” is her quick re­ply. “Deepika is a good ac­tor. She’d be the right choice [for the biopic], she’d able por­tray me well on-screen,” says Har­man­preet. Among male leads, she likes Ran­veer Singh and Varun Dhawan. Be­sides be­ing a movie buff, Har­man­preet is keen on foot­ball and video games — quite a bit of her spare time is spent on these. And she loves be­ing with friends and fam­ily, of course. Amid all this and prepa­ra­tions for the next World Cup — “Right now, we’re fo­cused on win­ning the next World Cup,” she says — the thought of a biopic is in­ter­est­ing, but it can wait. She adds, “There’s so much more that I need to achieve.”

Peo­ple now come up to me all the time. They want to meet me in per­son to con­grat­u­late [me] and take self­ies HAR­MAN­PREET KAUR, CRICKET PLAYER

PHOTO: JA­SON CAIRNDUFF/REUTERS

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