Sports: Harmanpreet first Indian woman to get WBBL contract

(From Hindustan Times)

Harmanpreet Kaur Bhullar wears her heart on her sleeve. All set to become the first Indian woman cricketer to play in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), Harmanpreet’s passion for the game has seen her rise from a humble town of Moga to become a lynchpin in the India squad.

Wearing jersey number 84, a tribute to the 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims, the Sydney Thunder recruit dedicates her recent feat to those victims.

“I am very emotional when it comes to my roots. The 1984 anti-Sikh riots were very unfortunate. I did not lose any relative during the riots, but innocent people were the victims. Whatever I have achieved so far is dedicated to my community and to the 1984 riots victims,” said the 27-year-old India vice-captain.

On Friday, the phone just wouldn’t stop ringing. Although she had offers from Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat too, Harman decided to zero in on the Sydney-based franchise, also the WBBL champions.

Harmanpreet is excited on the prospect of playing in the foreign T20 league. “I had been talking to Sydney Thunder captain Alex Blackwell over the last couple of days,” Harman said. Read more


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