Harmanpreet Kaur 100 ODIs : Cricketer becomes the fifth Indian woman to play 100 ODI matches for the national women's cricket team.
Vice-captain of Indian women's cricket team Harmanpreet Kaur has achieved another feat in her career after she hit the century in terms of the number of ODI matches she has played till date. The all-rounder of the women's cricket team of India played her 100th One-Day International match on Sunday, becoming the fifth cricketer after Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Anjum Chopra and Amita Sharma to play 100 ODI matches for the national team.
In her 100th match, Harmanpreet played against South Africa, scoring 40 runs off 41 balls and hitting six fours before getting dismissed by SA's Sune Luus. Coincidentally, she had also played her 100th T20 international against South Africa.
The Moga Magic Girl
Harmanpreet Kaur was born on March 8, 1989 in Moga, Punjab, to Harmandar Singh Bhullar, a Volleyball and Basketball player and Satwinder Kaur. Her father, once an aspiring cricketer, was her first coach and she used to play with men in the novice days of her training.
She made her debut in ODI at the age of 20 against Pakistan in the 2009 Women's Cricket World Cup played at Bradman Oval, Bowral. In her first ODI match, she bowled 4 overs conceding 10 runs. Moreover, she also caught Armaan Khan off Amita Sharma in the match.
Big Firsts for Harmanpreet
- Harmanpreet has a number of accomplishments to her name. She became the first Indian female cricketer in 2018 to score a century in a Women's Twenty20 International match.
- In the series against South Africa in October 2019, she became the first cricketer for India, male or female, to play in 100 international Twenty20 matches.
She also has the highest individual score in World Cup, with 171 off 115 balls against Australia. Moreover, she also signed a contract with Australia’s domestic T20 tournament Big Bash League franchise Sydney Thunder. This made her the first ever Indian cricketer to sign up for an International T20 League.
Harmanpreet was awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award for Cricket by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in 2017. Furthermore, Harmanpreet was also named in ICC's T20I Team of the Decade last year, along with Indian bowler Poonam Yadav.