Grace Harris, Brisbane Heat all-rounder, has named MS Dhoni as her inspiration after she made a match-winning half-century in the run-chase of the opening game of the Women’s Big Bash League 2020.
The opening game of the WBBL took place at the North Sydney Oval in Sydney on Sunday morning. Batting first Perth Scorchers posted 132. In reply, Brisbane Heat chased down the target with three overs and seven wickets to spare. Grace Harris scored 53 runs off 37 balls and took her team close to the finish line.
I’ve been watching a lot of MS Dhoni’s innings: Grace Harris
Grace Harris is known for her hard-hitting ability. She has a knack of clearing the ropes at ease and she displayed the same against the Perth bowling attack. She used her feet consistently against the spinners and attacked the pacers on either side.
She has said that MS Dhoni, former India captain, has been her inspiration and she has been watching a lot of MS Dhoni’s batting. She talked highly of MS Dhoni and said he is a great finisher and his brain is always ahead of the opposition. She hopes to do things like her idol.
According to a report in cricket.com.au, Grace Harris said, “I’ve been watching a lot of MS Dhoni’s innings really, I took a bit of inspiration from him.
“He’s a fantastic finisher of the game and he might get behind but at the end of the day, they win games and he’s ahead of the count. I’m definitely hoping to do something similar to that.”
After a slow start, 11 off 18, she kept her cool – like her idol – and then took charge against the Perth bowlers after setting her eye in. The 27-year-old knew that she can always catch up with the game as long as she sticks to her plan of rotating the strike. Remaining calm was her motto during the chase.
“I’ve found its really just working for me, the game plan I’ve got,” Harris continued.
“I can catch up, it doesn’t matter how many dot balls I have – it’s not ideal and you want to rotate the strike as much as possible – but in situations like today where I struggle early, it’s (about) remaining in a calm mindset”, she added.
Brisbane Heat will take on the Melbourne Renegades on Monday at the Hurstville Oval ground in Sydney.
Meanwhile, talking about MS Dhoni, he is currently leading CSK in the IPL 2020 where his team is languishing at the bottom of the points table.