Harmanpreet Kaur makes inroads into Women”s Big Bash League : Team India (Women) member, 27 year old, Harmanpreet Kaur has definitely grabbed headlines by becoming the first Indian woman cricketer to have made inroads into the Australian Big Bash League.
She would be donning the Sydney Thunders colours in the upcoming Australian T20 bash.
Kaur, who is currently in Pune, attending a training camp, reacted to the developments, told Indian Express, “I am feeling good about being picked up by Sydney Thunders in the Big Bash League. It’s an exciting opportunity to play with foreign women cricketers and I am happy that my hard work has paid off. I am waiting to land in Australia.”
Earlier this year, Harmanpreeet played a exceptional performance in Indian women’s team campaign in the World T20, scoring 89 runs and claiming seven wickets in four matches.
The all-rounder has featured in 55 ODIs and has scored 1,484 runs at an average of 35.57 and a personal high of an unbeaten 107* runs. She also has 2 centuries and 8 half centuries to her credit.
She has also picked up 11 wickets at an economy rate of 5.150.
In the T20 format, she has played in 61 games and accumulated 992 runs with 77 runs as her individual best. She also picked up 13 wickets at 6.16 economy rate.
Kaur has put in the hard labour required to be where she is now. She used to travel almost 20 kms from her home for her training sessions under coach Kamaldeesh Singh Sodhi.
A remarkable performance in the Challenger Trophy 2009, saw her break into the big league and become a part of Team India Women for World T20 Championship in 2009.
Kaul’s signing for Sydney Thunders is the first formal signing since the BCCI gave the green signal for women cricketers in India to participate in the foreign leagues, and agreed to issue the required No-Objection Certificate.