India’s latest cricketing sensation, Harmanpreet Kaur who scored an epic 171 in the latest ICC Women’s World Cup semifinals against Australia is a vital bone of the team. Like all players have a story behind their particular jersey numbers, Harmanpreet has her pick as well. Did you think her jersey number 84 was a random pick of choice? You were wrong!
Harmanpreet chose number 84 owing solidarity to the victims of 1984 riots. Before the tournament started, Harmanpreet’s mother revealed that the chosen number has its story way beyond cricket.
When she picked up her jersey, she chose the jersey number 84. For Punjabis, 84 brings back the memories of the 1984 riots. But she took it positively and now we also see it as a good sign for her. She dedicates all her victories to the victims of the riotsSatinder Kaur, Harmanpreet’s mother
The 1984-anti Sikh riots was a landmark incident in India’s history. In response to the assassination of Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards, members of the Congress directed violence against the Sikhs of India. She also pledged her success to the victims who lost their lives in the violence.
Meanwhile, Harmanpreet’s father Harmandar Bhullar supported his daughter saying she was destined to be a cricketer from the day she was born.
“When she was born, we had brought a suit with cricket words on it. Some years later, she started playing the game with boy trainees at the college ground. Initially, it was tough for us as the bats were costly and we could not afford them. But later, she would play for Punjab at a young age and also made her debut for the India while in high school,” Harmandar had told The Indian Express.
After the number 84 jersey grabbed attention, it became a centre of discussion. But however, Harmanpreet a hard hitting striker came out to the fields on the finals match day wearing jersey No.17.