Harmanpreet Kaur has emerged to India’s female Virat Kohli with her swagger, talent and tremendous ability to strike the ball. She is undoubtedly the most destructive batter in Indian Women’s Team.
Harmanpreet Kaur has now taken over from Mithali Raj as T20 skipper. Experts look up to her to shoulder Indian batting in coming years.
Here are 7 facts about Harmanpreet Kaur that you need to know:
1. Full name
Harmanpreet’s full name is Harmanpreet Kaur Bhullar.
2. Sporting roots
Her father Harmandar Singh Bhullar was a volleyball and basketball player.
3. Railway girl
Harmanpreet has been working with Indian Railways since she shifted in Mumbai in 2014. She got a job in Western Railways with the help of a personal letter from Member of Parliament and former Indian Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. This all happened her application got rejected first when former India women’s captain Diana Edulji who spotted the batting all-rounder suggested her to do so.
4. First break
Harmanpreet Kaur made her debut against Pakistan in ICC Women’s World Cup 2009 in Australia on 7 March 2009 at Bowral.
5. World Record
Harmanpreet’s 171 is the highest score by an Indian in a World Cup knockout. The second highest is by Rohit Sharma (137 vs Bangladesh at Melbourne, 19 March 2015)
6. T20 Cricket
Harmanpreet Kaur is the first Indian cricketer to be signed by BBL franchise. She has played for Sydney Thunder. Also, she has been signed by Surrey Stars in ECB’s Kia Super League.
7. Gray Nicolls deal
In 2016, the British bat making company Gray Nicolls entered the Indian market to capitalize the opportunity which was created by Nike withdrawing from sponsorship of Indian cricketers. Several cricketers got Gray Nicolls sticker on their bats. Kaur was the only member of Indian women’s team to get this deal.
– by Atharva Apte