The year 2017 was remarkable for India’s T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur. The year 2018 is going in the same direction. The all-rounder is the first woman cricketer from the country to sign a bat endorsement deal with CEAT on Monday.

She has signed a two-year contract with CEAT, joining the league of Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Ishan Kishan.

The star cricketer stunned the world with her performance when led India into the final of the Women’s World Cup with an unbeaten 171 against Australia. Kaur is just back after playing in the Big Bash League.

She will now play with a bat officially displaying CEAT insignia in all formats of the game.

“I am delighted to be associated with CEAT that is already represented by icons of Indian cricket. Taking the momentum of 2017 forward I look forward to putting in consistent performances for the team this year,” Harmanpreet said in a release, DNA reported.

The Indian women’s cricket team vice-captain Kaur became the first cricketer from the country — male or female — to play in Australia’s Big Bash League. In a country like India, where our male cricketers’ reign supreme, Kaur has made her mark slowly and steadily. She has done equally well as some of her male counterparts, if not better.

Kaur also led India to the Asian T20 Cup title earlier last year. She clinched a 17-run victory over arch-rivals Pakistan in the final.

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Vice President Marketing, CEAT Limited, Nitish Bajaj said: “The Indian Women’s cricket team has been performing brilliantly over the years and we at CEAT strongly believe in supporting the sport. We are proud to sign Harmanpreet Kaur as our first women cricketer on board, who has been an inspiration to budding cricketers on and off the field.

The 28-year-old is now prepping to join a training camp ahead of the Indian women cricket team’s tour to South Africa later this month.

(Picture Credit: BCC)

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