Alyssa Healy cops backlash in India over comments about Harmanpreet Kaur
The Aussie hero has irked Indian cricket fans with her remarks about the women's team captain.
Alyssa Healy has drawn the ire of cricket fans in India after rubbing salt into Harmanpreet Kaur's wounds amid the Indian captain's heartbreak at the T20 World Cup. The Aussies won the title on Sunday night, beating South Africa by 19 runs in the final to claim their sixth T20 World Cup trophy.
However they very nearly didn't make the final after narrowly beating India in the semi. Kaur had threatened to cause a huge boilover against Australia and appeared on track to guide India into the final.
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She was on 52 off just 34 balls when things went horribly wrong for the India captain. Kaur stroked the ball into the outfield towards the deep square-leg boundary and appeared destined to make an easy two runs.
However Ash Gardner produced a brilliant effort in the outfield and made Kaur scramble for her ground with an accurate throw over the bails. Kaur would have made her ground easily but her bat got stuck in the turf before it crossed the crease, with Healy whipping off the bails and finding Kaur short of her ground.
The key dismissal proved a huge turning point as the Aussies wrestled back the momentum and eventually advanced to the final. Speaking afterwards, Kaur said: "I can't feel unluckier than this. It was definitely a disappointment because the way I was batting, maybe that was the only chance I could get out. Otherwise, the way I was hitting the ball, I was taking this innings until the end."
But Healy doesn't see it that way. Speaking to ABC Sport ahead of Sunday night's final, Healy said Kaur wasn't unlucky at all and could have made her ground easily if she ran hard all the way.
"Harmanpreet can say all she likes that it was so unlucky," Healy said. "But at the end of the day she cruised back and probably could have been past the crease, you know, an extra two metres if she genuinely put in the effort. So we'll take it.
"You could say you're unlucky all your life, but it's generally about effort and energy at that moment in time. And I know that's something we speak about in the field in particular is putting in that effort and putting in that energy.
"That comes back to running between wickets as well. It's doing those little basics better than the opposition and that's how you win big tournaments. And I feel like we've been doing that quite well."
"Harmanpreet can say all she likes that it was so unlucky." 👀
For all young cricketers wanting to learn the value of staying alert on the field, listen to Alyssa Healy.
100% correct.👍 pic.twitter.com/Uu46ggwiQ6
— ABC SPORT (@abcsport) February 26, 2023
Alyssa Healy comments cop backlash in India
Needless to say, the comments haven't gone down well in India. Fans have latched onto Healy's remarks on social media and accused her of needlessly kicking Kaur while she's down and being 'disrespectful'.
But many others pointed out that Healy is actually correct and agreed with her. Kaur could be seen jogging the first run and only put in maximum effort when she realised she might be in trouble. As they say, the harder you work, the luckier you get.
I suppose that is the reason Aussies are world champions consistently cause they keep it simple and straight and speak the truth,they are hard on themselves aswell without excuses
— ronen solomon (@solomon_ronen) February 26, 2023
Best of luck having this conversation during the WPL Alyssa Healy! There is a time and place for such homilies - least not when the person is hurting 🙏 @ImHarmanpreet
— Arvind Venkatesan (@arvind_venk) February 26, 2023
You’ll never see Meg Lanning get run out like that. Never cruises !!
— Tim Scott (@Ralphyboy6Tim) February 26, 2023
I'm Indian and I applaud Harmanpreet for her effort. Also agree that she could have been in the crease with a little more effort.
However, no Batter - male or female - will give 100% to make it to the crease when they're that close and the ball is still a few metres away.
— Rishi #SaveSoil (@rishikamath) February 26, 2023
Why is she holding her bat back? Who runs like that!!! She could have touched the crease from a step back if only she extended her bat!!
— Gaurav (@MannnKiBakwas) February 26, 2023
The reason I never wanted her to be the captain of UP WPL team
— CHANDNI (@CHANDNI33758795) February 26, 2023
This is what makes Ellyse Perry and Julian as legend and rest others. Respect your opponent. Karma will soon hit the Aussies.
— nyd (@not_yet_done854) February 26, 2023
@ahealy77 apologize don't be arrogant..yourself dropped catches in the match
Had you lost the match imagine ppl trolling you for not getting basics right n luck
Harman was sick and despite that she scored 50 runs
The day is not far away once our girls start dominating HnA
— Zafaron Indigo (@ZafaronIndigo) February 26, 2023
It's not the first time Healy's remarks have sparked backlash in India. The Aussie star labelled the Indian men's team 'whingers' in 2021 after they complained about conditions in hotel quarantine in Brisbane.
“The Aus and NZ women’s teams did their quarantine in the same hotel last year. Here’s a shock - we survived …” Healy wrote on Twitter. Healy also responded to one fan who asked if she’d ever spent four months in quarantine. “There’s a few Aus players who haven’t been home since July - haven’t heard them whinge yet," she said.
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