India Women T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur on Friday became the first Indian (male or female) to play 100 T20I matches, achieving the feat after taking the field in the sixth T20I against South Africa Women. Harmanpreet is followed by former Indian men's team captain MS Dhoni and opener Rohit Sharma, who have played 98 matches each.
Harmanpreet, who captains India in the shortest format of the game, turned up for the team in their sixth T20I against South Africa in Surat on Friday to achieve the milestone.
Harmanpreet Kaur is among 10 female players who have reached the three-figure mark in terms of appearances. New Zealand's Suzie Bates and Australia's Ellyse Perry top the list with 111 appearances. Harmanpreet herself is tied with Pakistan's Bismah Maroof and West Indies' Stafanie Taylor with 100 appearances.
No Indian woman cricketer is close to Harmanpreet as the closest is Mithali Raj who retired from T20Is in September, with 89 appearances.