India’s astounding victory against Australia being on one side, Vice Captain Harmanpreet Kaur was the real star of the day, she gracefully stole the glare of the people, added charisma to the whole crowd bagging some incredible runs for Team India, It was her back to back shots that glittered the environment of the match from grim.
Especially, that moment after the 42 overs was just unforgettable, as she walks off to the pavilion, she received a glorious standing ovation. The entire ground rose as one to applaud what has been the knock of a lifetime. You cannot ask for more, can you? She ends up as the fifth highest run-scorer in the list of all-time highest scorers in ODI cricket.
In recent times, she hasn’t been in the best of nicks, but that day, when skipper Mithali got out at a crucial time, Harmanpreet took the mantle and unfurled every possible cricketing shot off the textbook.
She is now on trending on Twitter for every rightful reason. Being the ardent fan of former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag, there are many interesting and unknown facts about the Punjabi player who has won the hearts of every cricket buff, roping in new hope for the Indian Women’s team.
In the final ODI between India and Australia Harmanpreet had hit big 91 meters six at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Her innings led India to victory in that match. She was just 19 then and her big six at the SCG stunned the Aussies. They even asked for Harmanpreet’s dope test, but the Indian lady came out clean from that.
15 Unknown and Interesting Facts About Harmanpreet Kaur:
- She got a job in Western Railways with the help of a personal letter from Member of Parliament and former Indian Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. This all happened her application got rejected first when former India women’s captain Diana Edulji who spotted the batting all-rounder suggested her to do so.
- Harmanpreet Kaur was born on March 8, 1989, her father Harmandar Bhullar was a renowned Volley ball and Basket ball player.
- Kaur stepped into Cricket after her unexpected meeting with coach Kamaldeesh Singh Sodhi, she later joined Gian Jyoti School Academy at village Darapur, Punjab.
- Astonished by her batting prowess, Kamaldeesh included her in the Moga-district team to participate in the Punjab’s Inter-District tournament.
- She made her T20 International debut against England in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20.
- The 20-year-old Harmanpreet Kaur made her debut for the Indian side, against arch-rivals Pakistan in the ICC Women’s World Cup in Australia in 2009.
- Kaur bagged 1974 runs in 65 ODIs of which three centuries and nine fifties are included.
- Her 171 runs in the WC17 semi finals against Australia remains her best ever in ODI and is also the second highest by any Indian women’s cricketer. Deepti Sharma’s 188 is the best so far.
- In T20I, the 28-year-old has scored a total of 1223 runs from 60 innings which include just four half-centuries.
- Back in 2012 when skipper Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami were down with injuries, Kaur was announced as the captain for India’s campaign in the 2012 Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup final match.
- After five years in International formats, she made her Test debut against the English side at Wormsley in 2014. However, she failed to shine with her knock of 9 and a duck in the match.
- Harmanpreet is an all-rounder with right-arm off break as her bowling action.
- She, in 2015, surprised everyone by scalping nine wickets in a Test match against South Africa, played at Mysore, India.
- Meanwhile, in June 2016, she became the first Indian cricketer to be signed by the Women’s Big Bash League. Sydney Thunder was the franchise she had signed for.
- Now in June 2017, she became the first Indian cricketer to sign a contract with Surrey Stars in ECB’s Kia Super League respectively.