Indian cricket and fantasy cricket games are ruled by the male cricketers and men fans. Yes, there are innumerable female cricket fans and numerous women cricketers but their number will always be less than the men.
Hence, we can easily predict that in this male dominating sport, female cricketers have tough time in proving their talent to the global front.
You are a cricket and online cricket game enthusiast at 11wickets App and have not heard about former Indian women team skipper, Harmanpreet Kaur that is not okay. Her path to glory in the world of cricket, like many of her co-players, has not been easy. Celebrating her beautiful rise from rags to riches, here are a few facts about the batswoman that every Indian cricket admirer should verse themselves with.
Birth and first life
Harmanpreet was born on 8 March 1989, in Moga, Punjab. Her father Harmandar Singh Bhullar was a basketball and volleyball player. Her younger sister Hemjeet is a post-graduate in English and works at Guru Nanak College in Moga as an assistant professor. Her mother Satwinder Kaur is a homemaker.
Travelled 30 km every day to learn cricket
She was really eager to learn cricket in her younger years. She became a member of the Gian Jyoti School Academy, 30 kms far from her residence in Moga, where she prepared under Kamaldeesh Singh Sodhi.
Selection into Moga district team
Diligence always gets gives good result and she got picked in the Moga district team. Through this team, she played the first big tournament of her career, the Punjab’s Inter-District tournament. She later continued to represent the Punjab Ranji team too.
ODI debut in 2009 World Cup
Quality performances at the Ranji level gained her a place in the Indian national team that was to participate in the 2009 ICC Women’s World Cup. Her debut came up against the arch competitors Pakistan, which turned into an unforgettable one and India won the match by 10 wickets. Her T20 debut was in the same year against England at Taunton.
Motivated by Sehwag
Harmanpreet discovered her cricketing motivation in the Indian opener Virender Sehwag. Fans can simply figure out why she admires the famous cricketer as she herself is an aggressor cricketer.
Captained the team in 2012 Women’s Asia Cup
Skipper Mithali Raj and Vice-captain Jhulan Goswami had been hurt before the 2012 Women’s Asia Cup started and this made way for Harmanpreet to take reins. She had a vital effect on the side and they won the series defeating Pakistan by 18 runs in the final match.
Amazing limited-overs statistics
Kaur has played 78 ODI innings in which she has made 2025 runs which include three centuries and ten fifties. In T20I, the 29-year-old has made a total of 1223 runs in 68 matches including just one century and four half-centuries.
First Indian to represent a Big Bash
In June 2016, she signed a contract with Australia’s domestic T20 tournament Big Bash League franchise Sydney Thunder. In that way, she evolved into the very first Indian cricketer to join up for T20I League, among women and men.
Highest individual score in World Cups for India
Her marvelous knock of 171 off 115 balls against Australia is the maximum score registered by an Indian batter in Women’s World Cup. This was just the second century noted in knock-outs history of WWC after Karen Rolton had made 107 in the 2005 edition’s last match against India.
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