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The accidental cricketer: Harmanpreet Kaur's journey to the pinnacle of world cricket

Harmanpreet Kaur became the first Indian woman to record a century in the shortest format of the game during India’s opener at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.

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Harmanpreet Kaur grabbed headlines by becoming the first Indian woman to record a century in the shortest format of the game during India’s opener at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup against New Zealand. Here's how she went from practising with a hockey stick, to captaining the Indian cricket team. (Image: Reuters)
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Harmanpreet Kaur grabbed headlines by becoming the first Indian woman to record a century in the shortest format of the game during India’s opener at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup against New Zealand. Here's how she went from practising with a hockey stick, to captaining the Indian cricket team. (Image: Reuters)

Harmanpreet was born on March 8, 1989 - which happens to be International Women’s Day - to Harmander Singh Bhullar and Satinder Kaur in Moga, Punjab. Her father a former state-level basketball and handball player, and club cricketer. He used to train her to be a hockey player, however, Harmanpreet was interested only in cricket. (Image: Reuters)
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Harmanpreet was born on March 8, 1989 - which happens to be International Women’s Day - to Harmander Singh Bhullar and Satinder Kaur in Moga, Punjab. Her father a former state-level basketball and handball player, and club cricketer. He used to train her to be a hockey player, however, Harmanpreet was interested only in cricket. (Image: Reuters)

A young Harmanpreet used to practise cricket shots with a hockey stick before going on to train at a cricket academy which was 30 km away from her home. Her family couldn’t afford the academy fees which was then funded by Kamaldheesh Sodhi who set up the academy. (Image: Reuters)
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A young Harmanpreet used to practise cricket shots with a hockey stick before going on to train at a cricket academy which was 30 km away from her home. Her family couldn’t afford the academy fees which was then funded by Kamaldheesh Sodhi who set up the academy. (Image: Reuters)

A batting all-rounder, Harmanpreet considers Virender Sehwag as her idol and her batting style shows great similarities with the explosive opener. She made her ODI debut at the age of 20 against Pakistan at the 2009 Women’s World Cup. She also made her T20I debut later that year, against England at the Women’s World T20. (Image: Reuters)
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A batting all-rounder, Harmanpreet considers Virender Sehwag as her idol and her batting style shows great similarities with the explosive opener. She made her ODI debut at the age of 20 against Pakistan at the 2009 Women’s World Cup. She also made her T20I debut later that year, against England at the Women’s World T20. (Image: Reuters)

Harmanpreet became India’s youngest T20I captain in October 2012 and in 2013 she scored her maiden ODI Hundred against England. She made her Test debut later that year against England and went on to record the second-best figures by an Indian woman when she took 9 for 85 in a Test against South Africa in 2014. (Image: Reuters)
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Harmanpreet became India’s youngest T20I captain in October 2012 and in 2013 she scored her maiden ODI Hundred against England. She made her Test debut later that year against England and went on to record the second-best figures by an Indian woman when she took 9 for 85 in a Test against South Africa in 2014. (Image: Reuters)

2016 was a good year for Harmanpreet as her exploits in T20I helped her become the first Indian to sign an overseas T20 contract. She was picked up by Sydney Thunder to play in the Big Bash League, which is Australia's domestic Twenty20 cricket competition. In 2017, she was named Sydney Thunder’s player of the tournament. (Image: Reuters)
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2016 was a good year for Harmanpreet as her exploits in T20I helped her become the first Indian to sign an overseas T20 contract. She was picked up by Sydney Thunder to play in the Big Bash League, which is Australia's domestic Twenty20 cricket competition. In 2017, she was named Sydney Thunder’s player of the tournament. (Image: Reuters)

Later in 2016, Harmanpreet was appointed the full-time India T20I captain and lead the Indian team to their sixth Asia Cup title with a win over Pakistan in the finals. (Image: Reuters)
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Later in 2016, Harmanpreet was appointed the full-time India T20I captain and lead the Indian team to their sixth Asia Cup title with a win over Pakistan in the finals. (Image: Reuters)

Harmanpreet shot to fame in 2017 when her unbeaten 177 against Australia in the semifinal helped India progress to finals of the Women’s World Cup. That knock also means that Harmanpreet holds the record for the highest individual score by an Indian player at the Women’s World Cup. (Image: Reuters)
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Harmanpreet shot to fame in 2017 when her unbeaten 177 against Australia in the semifinal helped India progress to finals of the Women’s World Cup. That knock also means that Harmanpreet holds the record for the highest individual score by an Indian player at the Women’s World Cup. (Image: Reuters)

She was awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award for her outstanding achievement in cricket by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in 2017. (Image: Reuters)
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She was awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award for her outstanding achievement in cricket by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in 2017. (Image: Reuters)

First Published on Nov 10, 2018 07:49 pm
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