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CWG 2022: Harmanpreet swings a golf club at nets to get into rhythm before women’s cricket opener against Aussies

Harmanpreet Kaur was timing the ball sweetly at the Mosley Cricket training ground, two days before the Commonwealth Games kicked off with the first women’s T20 competition. But it was in her warm-up that the Indian captain made her intentions clear.

There was no net bowler or throwdown specialist around. In fact, there wasn’t even a bat in sight. Instead, a long golf driver, bent at the edge and gleaming silver, caught streaks of the Solihull sunlight, well before Edgbaston’s crackling opener pitting a fearless India shrugging their shoulders in a ‘so what’ manner against world champions Australia.

Later in the net cage, Harmanpreet swapped the driver for a bat, and hit them far and nicely chunky, looking ready for the big battle ahead. “She uses the golf swing simulation for hip-shoulder dissociation. It’s her own unique thing,” explained Team India physio Anand…


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