Harmanpreet Kaur in action during her impressive debut for Sydney Thunder against the Melbourne Stars in WBBL season 2 game on Saturday © Getty Images
Harmanpreet Kaur in action during her impressive debut for Sydney Thunder against the Melbourne Stars in WBBL season 2 game on Saturday © Getty Images

In June this year, star Indian women’s cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur became the first Indian cricketer to be signed by an overseas Twenty20 (T20) franchise Sydney Thunder, the reigning Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) champions. They signed her for the 2016–17 season of the tournament. It was a big boost to the Indian women’s cricket and considered to be a landmark moment in the history of women’s cricket in India. The captain of the Indian women’s T20I team, Harmanpreet came into the tournament on the back of impressive outings in the Women’s T20 Asia Cup and a bilateral series against West Indies. While India won the Asia Cup, they were thrashed by the current World Champions West Indies women’s team.

However, Harmanpreet had a good series against the title holders on a personal note. She continued with her good form on her debut in the WBBL season 2 for the Sydney Thunder by scoring an unbeaten 28-ball 47 against the Melbourne Stars on Saturday. Though her knock could not take her side across the line, it won her many a heart and applauds of the critics. She walked out to bat when her side needed 88 off 62 balls. In the end, Harmanpreet’s team fell short of the target by 6 runs.

The loss notwithstanding, Harmanpreet impressed all and sundry with her fearless stroke play. She produced 3 sixes from her willow and interestingly, those were the only 3 sixes to be hit during the entire Sydney Thunder innings. One six that stood out in her knock was the one she hit in the 19th over of the innings off Gemma Triscari’s bowling. The left-arm pacer bowled a slow, wide delivery outside off stump and Harmanpreet whacked it outside the park. She went down on her right knee and lofted the left-armer’s delivery over covers for a wonderful six, which made for a delightful view. Watch the video here:

 

Harmanpreet’s first outing in the WBBL was a fair indicator of how important she is going to be in her side’s title defence in WBBL season 2. The Indian captain also sent down two overs of off-spin and will be extremely handy going ahead in the tournament. Adam Gilchrist also praised Harmanpreet for her elegant batting.