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jayant   |  2022-03-16

Harmanpreet Kaur: 20 little-known facts about the stylish cricketer

Harmanpreet Kaur, the former skipper of the Indian women’s cricket, is one of the best batters in women’s cricket.

A right-handed batsman and an effective right-arm off-spinner, cricket pundits often consider Kaur as a ‘Big match player.’

Time and time again, she has played defining knocks for her team and has brought her team out of danger.

So, here we have listed down 20 little-known facts about this stylish Indian batswoman.

Pic Credit: Twitter

1) On 8 March 1989, Harmanpreet Kaur was born in Moga, Punjab of India.

2) Her father, Harmandar Singh Bhullar, was a volleyball and basketball player and her mother Satwinder Kaur is a homemaker.

Her younger sister Hemjeet works as an assistant professor at Guru Nanak College in Moga.

3) From her childhood, she was always keen to learn cricket

She trained under Kamaldeesh Singh Sodhi in the Gyan Jyoti School Academy and had to travel 30 km from her home to reach there

4) Harmanpreet was inspired by legendary Indian opener Virender Sehwag.

5) She played for the Moga district team in Punjab’s Inter-District tournament and later went on to represent Punjab in the Ranji trophy.

6) She made her ODI debut against the arch-rivals Pakistan in the 2009 ICC Women’s World Cup.

She bowled four overs, took one catch in that match, as India managed to win the match by 10 wickets

7) She made her T20I debut against England at Taunton in that same year and scored 8 runs off 7 balls

8) Harmanpreet Kaur captained India against Pakistan women and helped India beat them by 18 runs to win the 2012 Women’s T20 Asia Cup.

9) In March 2013, Harmanpreet captained India when Bangladesh women’s toured India

She scored 195 runs in that series at an average of 97.50 including a century and a half-century, and also picked 2 wickets

10) In 2014, she made her Test debut against England but just scored 9 runs in that match

In her 13 years long career, she has only played 3 tests for India

11) In January 2016, Kaur helped India to win a series in Australia. She scored 46 runs (31 balls) as India recorded its highest ever chase in T20Is.

12) In 2016, Harmanpreet Kaur along with Smriti Mandhana became one of the first two Indians to play the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL)

13) In the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup, Harmanpreet scored 89 runs and picked seven wickets in four matches

14) On 20 July 2017, Kaur played a superb 171 run knock against Australia in the semi-final of the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup

It is the 5th highest individual score in Women’s ODIs and the highest individual score in the knockout stages of a Women’s World Cup.

15) In 2017, Harmanpreet became the second Indian batter after Mithali Raj to feature in the Top 10 list of ICC Women’s ODI Rankings

16) In the same year, Harmanpreet Kaur was awarded the Arjuna Award by the Indian Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports

17) In the opening match of the 2018 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, she scored 103 runs from 51 balls against New Zealand and became the first Indian woman to score a WT20I century

18) In October 2019, she became the first Indian cricketer, male or female, to play in 100 T20I matches

19) In 2021, she played for Manchester Originals in the inaugural season of The Hundred

20) Harmanpreet’s favourite meal is Dal or anything that contains some gravy

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