Women’s cricket has grown at a dazzling pace over last five years, and its players have risen to prominence. In a country where the gap between men’s and women’s cricket looks grim, a cricketing star emerged from the fields of Punjab. Debuting at just 20 years old, she etched her name as one of the most aggressive players in the women’s game. Today, we turn our spotlight to the captain of the Indian women’s team, the formidable Harmanpreet Kaur.
Kaur is not only the star of the country but she is one of the most popular players in World Cricket. We are all familiar of Harman’s explosives with the bat. She is a match-winner for the country in every format. Adding a new feather to her hat she became the first captain to win a Women’s Test Match against Australia by securing a dominant eight wicket triumph at Wankhede Stadium.
In her 15-year career, Harmanpreet Kaur has accomplished a lot for India. Her unforgettable 171* against Australia in the 2017 World Cup semi-final steered India to the final of that tournament. She became the first Indian cricketer to play 150 T20Is, a testament to her fitness and consistency.
In a historic and game changing move by the BCCI to promote Women’s cricket in India. The Womens Premier League was launched and it was Harman who dominated the league. She captained her WPL team, Mumbai Indians, to victory in the league’s inaugural season, claiming the first WPL title and etched her name in the history books.
The Fiery Leader Redefining Women’s Cricket
She also co-captained the Indian Team to win the first Asian Games Gold medal in Cricket. Harmanpreet Kaur led the team India to their First T20 World Cup Final in 2020. Her aggressive and competitive spirit helped India win Silver medal at the Commonwealth Games inaugural women’s cricket tournament.
Harmanpreet Kaur has played a pivotal role in popularizing Women’s Cricket in India. Harman’s role and contributions continue to bring both Team India and herself glory and success. Her fierce and positive mindset has shown a new outlook for Team India fans. Her leadership abilities captaining new and modern generations have given India new match winners.
The story of Harmanpreet Kaur is rooted in a small town of Punjab “Moga”. She was born into a middle-class Sikh family and started playing with a hockey stick alongside boys in the neighbourhood. She started taking cricket seriously when she was 15 years old. Harman then went on to play her first International match for India in 2009. She is still going on strong with over 6500 runs in 290 international appearances.
Harmanpreet Kaur was named one of the five cricketers of the year by Wisden which is the first feature for an Indian Woman. She also got featured in BBC’s 100 Most Influential Women of the Year and so with the TIME magazine on its 100 Next list.
Harmanpreet Kaur’s Mission 2025
Kaur’s vision for Team India is to win the World Cup and grow this team in the best way possible. Keeping her achievements sidelined and making this team the best team in the world. From her perspective, she is happy if the team is doing well. If Harman’s vision and the Team’s efforts fall into place then India can go on to win the first T20 World Cup in Bangladesh next year. India will be also looking to win their first-ever Women’s ODI World Cup in 2025 at home.