Harmanpreet Kaur
Harmanpreet Kaur (Image: Twitter)

India women’s team T20I skipper Harmanpreet Kaur said that they have been waiting for women’s IPL for a long time.

The year 2021 has been great for Indian women team players as they got the opportunity to play a Test match after a span of seven years. The Mithali Raj-led side played against England and Australia, where both the games turned out in a drawn affair.

But the need for a Women’s IPL, whose demand has grown since the team ended as runners-up in the 2017 World Cup to host England, is still pending and awaited.

Women’s IPL is something we are really waiting for: Harmanpreet Kaur

Harmanpreet said that they have been waiting for the important event for a long time, but she remained confident that it would happen very soon.

I think we have been looking at this for a long time and I hope, you know, sooner this women’s IPL will also start and we will also invite overseas players over there so that they can also share their experience with our domestic players,” said Harmanpreet as reported by ESPNcricinfo.

Harmanpreet Kaur, India
Harmanpreet Kaur. Image Credits: Twitter

“I think this is something we are really waiting for and I hope, you know, this will start. Performance is something that is in our hands and that’s what we have been doing and the rest of the things are totally dependent on the BCCI and the cricket board,” she added.

Winning player of the tournament in WBBL 2021 gives a lot of confidence: Harmanpreet Kaur

Many of the talented Indian players got the opportunity to explore their franchise career in some stylish tournaments like The Women’s Hundred and Women’s Big Bash League.

This year eight Indian players were part of the WBBL 2021, which was the highest number of Indian players representing in a single edition of an overseas league.

Harmanpreet, who happens to be the first Indian player to play in a overseas league after she was signed by Sydney Thunder in 2016, currently plays for Melbourne Renegades in WBBL 2021.

Harmanpreet Kaur
Harmanpreet Kaur moved to Melbourned Renegades in WBBL 2021. Credits: Sydney Thunder

Harmanpreet won the player of the tournament for WBBL 2021 after she top-scored for her team with 399 runs from 11 innings at the strike rate of 135.25. She is also the leading wicket-taker of her side, with 15 scalps at an economy rate of 7.46.

The Indian T20I skipper said winning the player of the tournament gives her a lot of confidence.

Playing any tournament will give you lots of confidence and WBBL is something, you know, it’s a very, very big platform back home. Every Indian wants to play in this league and I was the first one who got this opportunity to play and today, you know, winning this player of the tournament definitely gives lots of confidence to Indian girls also,” Harmanpreet mentioned.

“They can also come here and perform and, you know, be part of this and then there are all the chances to achieve a lot in their cricket career,” she added.

Melbourne Renegades Women team will either face Adelaide Strikers Women or Brisbane Heat Women in the Challenger round of WBBL 2021. The winner of the Challenger will meet Perth Scorchers Women in the final match.

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