New Delhi: Setting an example for others to follow, Harmanpreet played almost the entire tournament - including the semifinal and final - with a clamp attached to the ring finger of her left hand.
To add miseries to her woes, while playing the memorable inning duing the semifinal, Harmanpreet also injured her left shoulder as she was putting immense pressure to produce powerful shots.
According to a report in "The Times of India", She played the final match against England with the two injuries and scored 51 off 80 balls, including 3 boundaries and 2 sixes. "I played nearly the entire tournament with a finger injury, which I suffered during our second league match against West Indies. I sustained the injury while fielding. The physio advised me rest, but I went back and managed to take two wickets. Thankfully, I didn't have to bat in that game," Harmanpreet said. After that, she played 7 matches straight with the finger injury. "The doctors put a clamp on the ring finger of her left hand in order to keep it straight as the finger had become curved," Harmanpreet's father, Harmandar Bhullar said. "I wore the batting gloves on it. It was painful, but I was determined to go beyond the pain barrier and perform for my country," Harmanpreet said. "At one point, it looked I might have to return home from the World Cup. I would like to give credit to our physio Tracy Fernandes for helping me play the full tournament," she added. Before the final, Harmanpreet's physical condition had worsened. But, her father asserted that even if she would have been on one leg, Harmanpreet would have played the game. "For a right-handed batter, power comes through one's right hand, while the left hand gives the ball direction. The finger injury meant it was difficult for her to grip the bat with strength.The tear in her (Harmanpreet's) left shoulder after the semifinal meant she was literally batting with one hand."