Harmanpreet Kaur

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Harmanpreet Kaur
2016–17 WBBL ST v PS 17-01-21 Kaur (03).jpg
Kaur batting for Sydney Thunder during WBBL02.
Personal information
Full name Harmanpreet Kaur Bhullar
Born (1989-03-08) 8 March 1989 (age 28)
Moga, Punjab, India
Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm medium fast
Role Batter
International information
National side
Test debut 13 August 2014 v England
Last Test 16 November 2014 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 6) 7 March 2009 v Pakistan
Last ODI 23 July 2017 v England
ODI shirt no. 17 (formerly 84)
Domestic team information
Years Team
2008 Leicestershire Women
2006/07-2013/14 Punjab Women
2013/14-present Railways Women
2016– Sydney Thunder
Career statistics
Competition WTests WODI WT20I WBBL
Matches 2 78 68 14
Runs scored 26 2025 1223 312
Batting average 8.66 36.81 24.95 62.40
100s/50s -/- 3/10 0/4 0/1
Top score 17 171* 77 64*
Balls bowled 266 988 404 90
Wickets 9 19 14 6
Bowling average 10.77 44.94 26.60 17.66
5 wickets in innings 1 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 5/44 2/16 4/23 4/27
Catches/stumpings 26/– 27/0 3/0
Source: ESPNcricinfo, July 24 2017

Harmanpreet Kaur (born 8 March 1989) is an Indian cricketer.[1] She plays as an Allrounder for the Indian women's cricket team[2][3][4] and was awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award for Cricket in the year 2017 by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. [5]

Early life[edit]

Kaur was born on 8 March 1989 in Moga, Punjab, to Harmandar Singh Bhullar, a volleyball and basketball player and Satwinder Kaur.[6] Her parents are baptised Sikhs. Her younger sister Hemjeet, is post-graduate in English and works as a assistant professor at Guru Nanak College in Moga.[7] She took to cricket after joining the Gian Jyoti School Academy, 30 kilometres (19 mi) away from her residence in Moga,[8] where she trained under Kamaldeesh Singh Sodhi.[9] Harman used to play with men in the formative days of her career.[10] She moved to Mumbai in 2014 where she began working for the Indian Railways.[11][8] Harmanpreet was inspired by Virender Sehwag.


She made her ODI debut at age of 20 against arch-rivals Pakistan women's in March 2009 in the 2009 Women's Cricket World Cup played at Bradman Oval, Bowral. In the match, she bowled 4 overs conceding 10 runs and also caught Armaan Khan off Amita Shrama.[12]

In June 2009, she made her Twenty20 International debut in the 2009 ICC Women's World Twenty20 against England women's at County Ground, Taunton where she scored 8 runs off 7 balls.[13][14]

Her ability to hit the ball a long way was seen when she played quick-fire innings of 33 against England women's in a T20I game played in Mumbai in 2010.[15]

She was named as Indian women's captain for the 2012 Women's Twenty20 Asia Cup final, as captain Mithali Raj and vice-captain Jhulan Goswami were out because of injuries. She made her debut as captain against Pakistan women's as India defended 81 runs thus won Asia Cup.[16]

In March 2013, she was named ODI captain of India women's when Bangladesh women's toured in India.[17] In the series, Kaur scored her second ODI century in 2nd ODI. Kaur finished the series 195 runs at average of 97.50 with a century and a fifty along with 2 wickets.

In August 2014, she one of the eight debut that played against England women cricket team in a Test match at Sir Paul Getty's Ground, Wormsley in which she scored 9 and a duck in a match.[18]

In November 2015, she took 9 wickets in a Test match South Africa women cricket team played at Gangothri Glades Cricket Ground, Mysore and helped India to win the match by an innings and 34 runs.[19]

In January 2016, she helped India to win series in Australia as well as scored a 31-ball 46 runs in India's highest ever chase in T20 internationals. She continued her form in the 2016 ICC Women's World Twenty20 where she scored 89 runs and took seven wickets in four matches.[20][21]

In June 2016, she became the first Indian cricketer to be signed by an overseas Twenty20 franchise. Sydney Thunder, the Women's Big Bash League champions, signed her for the 2016–17 season.[22][23][24][25]On July 20 ,2017 she scored 171*(115) against Australia in the 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup semi-final in Derby.[26] Kaur's 171* is currently the second-highest score by an Indian batter in women's one-day internationals, behind Deepti Sharma's 188 runs. Kaur also holds the record for the highest individual score for India in Women's cricket World Cup history.[27][28] Kaur now holds the record for registering the highest ever individual score in a knockout stage of a Women's World Cup match (171*) surpassing the previous record of 107* by Karen Rolton.[29][30] Kaur was part of the Indian team to reach the final of the 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup where the team lost to England by nine runs.[31][32][33] In July 2017, Harman became second India batter to feature in the top-10 of ICC Women's ODI Player Rankings after Mithali Raj.[34]

Women's International Centuries[edit]

Women's One Day International centuries[edit]

Harmanpreet Kaur's Women's One Day International centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 107* 31  England India Mumbai, India Brabourne Stadium 2013 Lost
2 103 35  Bangladesh India Ahmedabad, India Sardar Patel Stadium 2013 Won
3 171* 77  Australia United Kingdom Derby, England, United Kingdom County Ground 2017 Won

Major teams[edit]


  1. ^ "'Aggression is in my genes". 
  2. ^ "Player Profile: Harmanpreet Kaur". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "India Women Squad". espncricinfo.com. March 28, 2013. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Putting Moga on the cricketing map". Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "National Sports Awards: Centre unveils list, cricket sensation Harmanpreet Kaur to receive Arjuna Award". Financial Express. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 22 August 2017. 
  6. ^ "ICC Women’s World Cup 2017: Back home, Moga star Harmanpreet Kaur gets mega welcome". 
  7. ^ "Won't pressurize Harmanpreet Kaur for marriage: Parents". 
  8. ^ a b Balachandran, Kanishkaa (20 July 2017). "The lowdown on Harmanpreet Kaur". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  9. ^ Sharma, Nitin (21 July 2017). "Harman makes herstory". The Indian Express. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  10. ^ "Playing with men helped me develop six-hitting skill: Harmanpreet Kaur". 
  11. ^ "How Sachin Tendulkar’s letter got Harmanpreet Kaur a job". 
  12. ^ "Wyatt helps England to nervy consolation win". Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  13. ^ "India level series with 10-run victory". Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  14. ^ "Taylor, Dottin help West Indies to series win". Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  15. ^ "Spinners help India level the series". Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  16. ^ "India Women defend low score to take title". Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  17. ^ "Bangladesh women to tour India". Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  18. ^ "India complete landmark victory". Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  19. ^ "Kamini 192 and Kaur's nine flay South Africa". Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  20. ^ "Calm Harmanpreet ready for must-win challenge against West Indies". Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  21. ^ "5 T20 knocks of Harmanpreet Kaur that prove she is an Indian cricketing hero". Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  22. ^ "Harmanpreet Kaur set to sign with Sydney Thunder". Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  23. ^ "harmanpreet-kaur signs path-breaking deal with Sydney Thunder". Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  24. ^ "Harmanpreet Kaur, 1st overseas Indian woman cricketer? - Crickida". 5 July 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  25. ^ "WBBL clubs set sights on Indian stars". Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  26. ^ "Australia's Alex Blackwell Presents Her T-Shirt To Harmanpreet Kaur After India's Resounding Win". 
  27. ^ "Cricket Records | Records | India Women | Women's One-Day Internationals | High scores | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-07-21. 
  28. ^ "Cricket Records | Records | Women's World Cup - India Women | High scores | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-07-21. 
  29. ^ "103 off 40 balls, 22 off one over". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2017-07-21. 
  30. ^ "Australia eaten by Harmanpreet monster". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-07-21. 
  31. ^ Live commentary: Final, ICC Women's World Cup at London, Jul 23, ESPNcricinfo, 23 July 2017.
  32. ^ World Cup Final, BBC Sport, 23 July 2017.
  33. ^ England v India: Women's World Cup final – live!, The Guardian, 23 July 2017.
  34. ^ "Harmanpreet Kaur breaks into top 10 of ICC Women's ODI Player Rankings". 

External links[edit]

Media related to Harmanpreet Kaur at Wikimedia Commons

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