India’s T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur created history on Saturday by becoming the first Indian woman to feature in the Women’s Big Bash League. She turned out for Sydney Thunder Woman against Melbourne Stars Women at Sydney. Kaur made a highly impressive debut smashing an unbeaten 47 from 28 balls with two fours and three sixes. She did so as Sydney were chasing 148. Unfortunately, while Kaur shone brightly on her debut, it wasn’t enough for Sydney to overcome Melbourne as they went down by six runs.
Adam Gilchrist, who was on commentary during the match, was highly pleased with Kaur’s batting, and described one of the sixes that she hit as something ‘as good a cricket shot as you will ever see’. Even the bowler at the receiving end, Gemma Triscari, found the stroke rather amazing, and started laughing as the ball sailed over the ropes.
Watch the video of the splendid Six
Kaur is a rising star in Indian cricket, and is predicted for greatness. She recently led India to the sixth Asia Cup title, defeating Pakistan in the final at Bangkok. In July 2016, Kaur created history when she became the first Indian player to be signed up for the Women’s Big Bash League.
Kaur was excellent in the T20 World Cup as well. She scored 89 runs and took seven wickets in four matches. Kaur is a quality all-rounder as her figures suggests. In 58 ODIs, she has scored 1520 runs with two hundreds and eight fifties at an average of 33.77 with a best of 107 not out. With the ball, she has 12 wickets at an average of 47.08, and a best of 2 for 16.
In T20s, Kaur has featured in 68 games, and has scored 1223 runs, with four fifties at an average of 24.95, and a best of 77. With the ball, she has claimed 15 wickets at an average of 26.60 with a best of 4 for 23.
--By A Cricket Correspondent