India T20I captain of the women’s team, Harmanpreet Kaur created history after becoming the first Indian to be named the Player of the tournament in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) 2021, for having an outstanding tournament for the Melbourne Renegades franchise.
She was amazing with both the bat and the ball in the tournament for Melbourne based franchise, as she made 399 runs for the tournament at an average of 66.50 and strike-rate of 135.25, including three match-winning half-centuries.
Not only content with being the leading run-scorer for the Renegades, but Harmanpreet Kaur was also their leading wicket-taker with 15 scalps to her name at an economy rate of 7.46, bowling a lot of vital powerplay and death overs. She was Player of the Match three times and polled 31 votes, under a 3-2-1 voting system that is voted on by the standing umpires after each match.
Harmanpreet Kaur Beats Sophie Devine And Beth Mooney To Become WBBL Player Of The Tournament
Harmanpreet Kaur beat out tough competition from the likes of New Zealand’s Sophie Devine and Australia’s own Beth Mooney as she was voted the Player of the Tournament for WBBL 2021 season. She finished three votes clear of the Perth Scorchers duo getting 31 votes in total. Harmanpreet becomes the third overseas player to be named the WBBL’s player of the tournament after New Zealand duo Devine (twice) and Amy Satterthwaite.
Harmanpreet did not bat in the Renegades’ 43-run loss to Brisbane Heat on Saturday due to illness. However, she will be ready for the Challenger on Thursday at Adelaide Oval. A win will help the Renegades reach the final.
“I was not feeling well that day but luckily I’ve had four or five days off and I’m feeling much better. I’m ready to go for the next game,” Harmanpreet told Cricket Australia.
Harmanpreet has been breaking new ground for Indian women’s cricket ever since becoming the first Indian to play in both the WBBL and the Kia Super League in England. She is hoping to inspire the next generation of players with her performances in the WBBL.
Previous winners of WBBL Player of the Tournament Award: Meg Lanning (WBBL|01), Beth Mooney (WBBL|02), Any Satterthwaite (WBBL|03), Ellyse Perry (WBBL|04), Sophie Devine (WBBL|05), Sophie Devine (WBBL|06)