We see many cricketers flourishing in the world of cricket, who become superstars and an asset for their nation. One of them is our Indian women's cricket team all-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur, who has achieved tremendous success in her cricketing career. She was awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award in the year 2017 by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. On the occasion of her birthday let us have a look at few facts and achievements of her career till now. Harmanpreet Kaur Takes a Stunning Blinder to Dismiss Smriti Mandhana During WBBL 2018-19 (Watch Video).
Before taking a look at her feats, let us first go through the brief background of Harmanpreet Kaur. She was born on Mar 8, 1989, in Moga, Punjab. Her father Harmandar Singh Bhullar was a volleyball and basketball player. The Moga girl's idol is Virender Sehwag, and she follows his principle of 'see ball, hit ball'. She made her ODI debut against the arch-rival Pakistan on Mar 7, 2009. The all-rounder played her first T20 match against England at Taunton on Jun 11, 2009. Kaur has scored 2244 runs in ODI with an average of 34.52, and in T20s she has 1910 runs to her name.
1. 103(51) against New Zealand in the opening match of ICC Women's World T20 2018
Kaur reached 100 in just 49 balls, which is the first one scored by any Indian in women's T20. In this match, India went on to put up 194/5, thanks to Harmanpreet's ton. In reply New Zealand only managed to make 160/9, falling short by 34 runs.
Highlights of Harmanpreet's inning of 103 (51)
2. Harmanpreet Kaur's 171* vs Australia (2017), Derby
Harmanpreet played an inning of her lifetime by striking a century against Aussies in the semi-final of ICC Women's World Cup. Her knock included 20 boundaries and seven maximums, which helped India put up a total of 281. In reply Australia succumbed to defeat by just scoring 245.
Highlights of Harmanpreet Kaur knock of 171
3. Harmanpreet's inning of 34 (21) vs Surrey Stars
The all-rounder while playing for Lancashire Thunder hits a winning six on the penultimate ball of final over against Surrey stars to take her side home. Kaur kept herself composed and played a crucial hand for her side victory in ECB's Kia Super League.
Watch her hitting six against Surrey Stars at the death
4. Harmanpreet hits a six with injured wrist in the final over
The all-rounder became the finisher like MS Dhoni on Feb 21, 2017, at P.Sara Oval, Colombo. Kaur took her side home by hitting a maximum in the last over against South Africa. It was the final of ICC Women's Cricket World cup qualifier, where India needed 8 from 2 balls, and had only one wicket in hand. Watch the video below to see how Kaur shocked the Proteas women cricket team with her massive six.
Harmanpreet Kaur finishing like MS Dhoni
BONUS: Harmanpreet Kaur Best Sixes
Kaur is known for clearing boundaries with great distance. She is also sometimes termed as the 'Dhoni of Indian women's cricket team'. Let us have a look at some of her best sixes.
Watch: Some of Kaur's massive sixes
On the occasion of her birthday, we pray and hope that Harmanpreet Kaur continues making her nation proud. We as fans will love to see her perform more and contribute to India's victory.