Harmanpreet Kaur is one of the finest all-rounders that Indian Women cricket has seen over the years. Her performance reflects on the bundle of talent she is. Harmanpreet, who became a big fan of the Women Big Bash League in its inaugural season, wanted to play in the tournament which was much-talked about in Australia.
In January this year, she was idly sitting in her room and watching the final of the WBBL final and was hooked to social media to get as much update about the same as possible. Never did she think two days after the WBBL final, she will be approached by some big WBBL franchises.
On January 26 this year, India were to play a T20I against Australia after the WBBL final on January 24. The match saw Harmanpreet scoring 46 runs in 31 balls in a match winning cause for India. This was also the highest chase by India in a T20I game.
After the match, she started receiving a number of congratulatory messages from different franchises.
Harmanpreet remembers, “That was when it dawned upon us that these performances were being noticed, because when I started, women’s cricket was mainly about England, Australia and New Zealand.”
Harmanpreet received two offers and had to choose one. Generally, it’s the money which helps decide in such scenarios. This was not the case with Harmanpreet though. She said:
“With just two overseas slots for foreign players, I was looking at sides where you have a chance to make XIs on a regular basis. With Thunder having just one overseas player, I thought that’s where I could get maximum game time.” No wonder why she chose the Thunders.
No wonder why she chose the Thunders.