Last Update on: March 24th, 2023 at 11:33 am
Harmanpreet Kaur, the captain of the Indian women’s team and the leading run-scorer for the Manchester Originals in the inaugural season of The Hundred, was chosen by the Trent Rockets with the seventh pick of the draft. Meanwhile, the Originals replacing Harmanpreet Kaur picked up the talented South African Laura Wolvaardt, while Chloe Tryon and Lizelle Lee were selected by the Southern Brave and the Trent Rockets respectively in the later rounds.
The historic first women’s player draft in UK professional sport began with Sophie Devine being the first player selected, as she was chosen by the Welsh Fire. However, the Birmingham Phoenix decided to exercise their ‘right to match’ and retain the services of the talented New Zealander, who had scored 102 runs and taken two wickets for them in the previous year’s edition of The Hundred.
In the first round, Danni Wyatt, a prominent England international, remained with the Southern Brave after they exercised their right to match and thwarted the Welsh Fire’s attempt to acquire her on the second pick. Eventually, the Fire were able to secure the services of Sophia Dunkley with the third pick of the draft, while the Northern Superchargers brought in Kate Cross.
Harmanpreet Kaur is currently leading the Mumbai Indians Women in the inaugural edition of the Women’s Premier League where her side will face UP Warriorz in the Eliminator, with both sides looking to qualify for the finals.
Manchester Originals Run Machine Harmanpreet Kaur Roped In By Trent Rockets
Harmanpreet Kaur is set to participate in the upcoming edition of The Hundred. Kaur was signed by Trent Rockets during the players’ draft held on March 23. She had previously played for Manchester Originals in the inaugural season of the league but was released by the team ahead of the 2022 season with the player being unavailable to participate in the tournament.
Trent Rockets had earlier retained a strong core of players, including Nat Sciver-Brunt, Katherine Sciver-Brunt, Bryony Smith, and Alana King. During the draft, they were able to further strengthen their squad with the addition of Harmanpreet Kaur, along with prolific South African batter Lizelle Lee and England’s bowling duo of Kirstie Gordon and Grace Potts.
The Rockets have assembled a talented team with a mix of international and domestic players and will look to build on their performance in the previous edition, where they finished as runners-up. The presence of Harmanpreet Kaur, who is known for her explosive batting and strong leadership skills, will undoubtedly add to their firepower and make them a force to be reckoned with in the tournament.