Harmanpreet Kaur becomes 1st Indian to play 100 T20I, beats Dhoni, Rohit Sharma
India women T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur on Friday became the most capped Indian in the shortest format of the game. When Kaur took the field against South Africa Women in the 6th T20I of the ongoing series in Surat, she registered her 100th T20I match in the Indian jersey. Till date, no other Indian player apart from Harmanpreet - man or woman - has played 100 T20Is. Next on this list comes Indian legend MS Dhoni with 98 T20I appearances while India men's ODI vice-captain Rohit Sharma follows is also tied with Dhoni on 98 caps.
On the overall list, New Zealand's Suzie Bates, Australian Ellyse Perry and Pakistan's Shoaib Malik lead the pack with 111 T20I appearances each. While Malik is the only man to have featured in 100 T20Is, 10 women (including Kaur) have now played 100 or more shortest-format games for their respective countries.
Earlier on Thursday, Indian women's team produced another authoritative performance to comfortably defeat South Africa by five wickets in the fifth T20 International, taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in the six-match series.
With two games being completely washed out, the series was extended from five to six matches and India needed to win on the day to seal the series. Off-spinner Deepti Sharma (2 for 19) and left-arm spinner Radha Yadav (3/23 in 4 overs) bowled brilliantly to restrict the Proteas women to 98 for 8. They got able support from leg-spinner Poonam Yadav, who gave away only 15 runs in her 4 overs and got a wicket.
The chase was an easy one and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (34 not out off 32 balls) was in her element as the Women In Blue won 17.1 overs. Harmanpreet's innings had four boundaries and added crucial 50 runs for the fourth wicket with Deepti (16).