Year 2016 has proved to be remarkable for India’s T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur. Kaur became the first cricketer from the country — male or female — to play in Australia’s Big Bash League. While her maiden season in the Women’s Big Bash League is on a peak, the captain alone showed an all-round performance and guided the team, Sydney Thunders, who won by eight wickets against Melbourne Stars on Tuesday.
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Kaur emerged as a skillful player as she debuted in WBBL in style with an unbeaten 47 off 28 balls, took 4 wickets for 27 runs and remained unbeaten 30 off 21 balls to win the ‘Player of the Match’ award in her second appearance. It was as easy target of 117 that was achieved in 18.5 overs with Harmanpreet coming in at No 4.
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This is what Australian great Adam Gilchrist had tweeted about Harmanpreet after her sensational debut in WBBL:
Seriously impressed with @ImHarmanpreet in last nights #WBBL02 Classy, skillful. A wonderful addition to the tournament.
— Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) December 10, 2016
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. On 12 December, when fans were cheering on for Test captain Virat Kohli and the feat he achieved, this 27-year-old female cricketer was hailed for some gutsy play on foreign soil.
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But there are more achievements that made Kaur the much lauded captain this year. She began the year on a roll when she scored a brilliant 89 in the 2016 Women’s World T20, taking seven wickets in four matches. Then again in June, she became the first Indian cricketer ever to be signed by an overseas T20 franchise. In the WBBL champions, she was signed by Syndey Thunder for the 2016-17 season.
What’s more? Kaur also led India to the Asian T20 Cup title earlier this month. She clinched a 17-run victory over arch-rivals Pakistan in the final.
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The benchmark Harmanpreet Kaur has set so far is praiseworthy indeed.
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