Harmanpreet Kaur will play for Sydney Thunder for two more years © Getty Images
Harmanpreet Kaur will play for Sydney Thunder for two more years © Getty Images

With Women’s cricket on the rise in India, Australian Women’s Big Bash League franchises are trying their best to make full use of untapped audience. Sydney Thunder have extended Harmanpreet Kaur’s stay for two more years. India’s Twenty20 International captain, Harmanpreet was WBBL’s player of the tournament last year.

Speaking on the same, Lee Germon, Thunder’s general manager said: “Following the Women’s World Cup, Harmanpreet was the hottest property in cricket. She showed during that tournament and through her performances with the Thunder, that she is one of, if not the most, destructive batters in the game at the moment. She will bring her match winning qualities to our side and I am sure our fans will enjoy watching her play once again in Thunder colours.”

Harmanpreet scored 296 runs in WBBL 2016-17 apart from picking six wickets.

As per Cricbuzz, Thunder’s coach Jo Broadbent also praised Harmanpreet : “She’s a match-winner and that’s what you need in T20, you need those match-winners.  She’s got that really good blend of technique and power, she really works on the basics. She’s just incredible and such a great person to have. Her bat does most of the talking.”

Harmanpreet’s 171 not out in the semi-finals enabled India reach the final of ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 against England.