Harmanpreet Kaur, Girl Power with a blazing bat

 . Last updated on September 11, 2018, 2:42 PM
Harmanpreet Kaur, Girl Power with a blazing bat

Harmanpreet is the only Women Cricketer of India to feature in ICC Top Ten Chart along with Mithali Raj.

Harmanpreet Kaur is an allrounder in India Women Cricket team, and a top-notch batswoman in world. Kaur is the current captain of T20 India Women Team. She is now the 13th best ODI player in Women Cricket. The 29 years old player is a batting allrounder as well as an off-break bowler. She’s been playing with the national side since 2014 in Test. So far, she played 2 Women Test Internationals, 78 ODIs and 68 T20Is. In two Tests, she has not marked a good score, but in ODI she is the top striker of team India. Her top score in the format is an unbeaten 171. She also nicked 19 wickets so far.

Kaur have become an icon of power hitting in women cricket. Known for her impressive and brutal boundary hitting ability, the batswomen cracked a car’s window in a recent match at the Kia Super League 2018. She was batting for Lancashire Thunder against Yorkshire Diamonds in the match. Of her six sixes to score 74 off 44, one cracked the window of a car, parked in the boundary. Kaur have become a top player in T20 League Cricket across the globe including Women Big Bash League of Australia. In June, the player had an off-field controversy surrounding fake degree, which, did not have any relation to cricket what so ever.

Kaur debuted ODI in March 2009 in a match against Pakistan Women.

Kaur debuted ODI in March 2009 in a match against Pakistan Women.

Born as Harmanpreet Kaur Bhullar, she used to be a power hitter right from the gully cricket days at Moga of Punjab. She was born in March of 1989 in a village named Duneke. It was her father Harmandar Singh Bhullar, who set up the pitch for her, being a volleyball and basketball player himself. Her mother is Satwinder Kaur. At a young age, she joined Gian Jyoti School Academy, where she trained under Kamaldish Singh Sodhi. Harmanpreet began playing cricket with men in her early days. She continued her schooling in Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya in Jalandhar. In 2014, Kaur moved to Mumbai after getting a job in Railways. As a player, she started as a medium pace all-rounder. Her consistent performance in domestic matches made her break through the international team within a short time.

Kaur debuted ODI in March 2009. It was in the match against Pakistan Women in the 2009 Women’s World Cup. In the match, she primary played as a bowler, returning impressive numbers. Her T20I debut in June 2009 was against England in the World T20. It was only in 2010, her prowess with the bat gained limelight. In a T20 match against England Women at Mumbai, she scored 33. She began to lead the team in absence of Mithali Raj by 2012. In the final match of Women T20 Asia Cup 2012, Kaur was made the captain of India Women team. In the match, India defended a paltry run against Pakistan to win the cup. In 2013, she was named as the T20 captain of India Women Team.

Harmanpreet Kaur’s unbeaten 171 against Australia is the highest score by an India Women cricketer ODI.

Harmanpreet Kaur’s unbeaten 171 against Australia is the highest score by an India Women cricketer ODI.

2016 emerged as a great year for Harmanpreet Kaur. She won several matches for India playing as the crucial batter in the series win against Australia and 2016 Women World T20. In June 2016, she was roped in by Sydney Thunder, in the Women Big Bash League. With the stride, she became the first Indian Cricketer signing up for overseas cricket. Her best knock of the unbeaten 171 runs was against Australia in 2017 Women’s World Cup semi-final. Kaur’s 171 is the highest knock by an Indian Women Cricketer in ODI. The score is also the highest individual run in knockout stage of Women World Cup. In July 2017, she was featured among the top 10 ICC Women ODI Cricketers with Mithali Raj. She is the second women cricketers of India in the ICC Top 10 list.

In 2017, Harmanpreet Kaur was awarded the Arjuna Award for Cricket by the Indian Government. In November, Sydney Thunder, the WBBL team got her on-board for two more years. In the inaugural season of 2016, she scored 296 runs while picking up six wickets for the team.

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