Here are some interesting facts about Indian cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur.
Harmanpreet Kaur, born on 8 March 1989 is an Indian cricketer. She plays as an all-rounder with the right-arm off break as her bowling action for the Indian women’s cricket team. She is a renowned name in the women’s Indian cricketing fraternity.
Let’s dig in her life with these interesting facts about Indian cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur:
- Harmanpreet was awarded Arjuna Award for Cricket in the year 2017. In November 2018, she became the first woman of India to score a century in a Women’s Twenty20 International match.
- Her father Harmandar Singh Bhullar was a volleyball and basketball player.
- When Harmanpreet was young, she stepped into cricket after meeting cricket coach Kamaldeesh Singh Sodhi. She later joined Gian Jyoti School Academy at village Tarapur.
- She impressed Coach Kamaldeesh with her batting skills and he included her in Moga-district team to participate in Punjab’s Inter-District tournament. During her formative days of career, she used to play with men.
- On 7 March 2009, Harmanpreet at the age of 20 made her debut against Pakistan in ICC Women’s World Cup 2009 played in Australia.
- A few months later in June 2009, she made her T20I debut against England in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20.
- In 65 ODI innings, Kaur has collected 1974 runs which include three centuries and nine fifties.
- She draws inspiration from former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag.
- In T20I, she scored 1223 runs from 60 innings which include four half-centuries.
- In 2012, with both Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami down with injuries, Kaur was announced as the captain for India’s campaign in the 2012 Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup final.
- She made her Test debut in 2014 in Wormsley against England. But failed to shine with her knock of 9 in the match.
- She had scalped nine wickets in 2015, in a Test match played at Mysore against South Africa.
- In June 2016, she became the first Indian cricketer to be signed for Sydney Thunder by the Women’s Big Bash League.
- She became the first Indian cricketer to sign a contract exactly a year later i.e. in June 2017, with Surrey Stars in ECB’s Kia Super League.