Harmanpreet Kaur only Indian to figure in WBBL’s Team of the Season
- Harmanpreet Kaur scored 399 runs in 12 matches.
- Kaur took 15 wickets at an average of 20.40.
- Sophie Devine has been named captain of the team.
Indian women’s team T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur has been named in the Women’s Big Bash League’s ‘Team of the Season’ after she put up a brilliant all-round show for Melbourne Renegades this season. She is the only Indian to feature in this exclusive list. WBBL is the most competitive franchise-based T20 tournament for women.
The team has been selected by cricket.com.au journalist Laura Jolly, former Australia players Lisa Sthalekar and Mel Jones and Australia national selector Shawn Flegler.
Kaur shines with bat and ball
Harmanpreet Kaur scored 399 runs in 12 matches at an average of 66.5. She maintained an impressive strike rate of 135.25. She also scored three half-centuries.
Last week’s 81 not out against Sydney Thunder was her highest score this season. She has also hit a competition-best 18 sixes till now.
"Harmanpreet Kaur has been a dominant force with bat and ball for the Renegades, spearheading their rise back up the ladder after joining her new club," the Cricket Australia website stated.
With the ball in hand, Kaur has proved to be handy following an injury to Melbourne Renegades’ star leg-spinner, Georgia Wareham. The 32-year-old Indian cricketer has been brilliant in the power play and took 15 wickets. Her best bowling figure is 3/22.
Sophie Devine named captain
Sophie Devine, who plays for Perth Scorchers, has been named captain of the team. The New Zealand all-rounder is the only other international cricketer to feature in the team apart from Harmanpreet Kaur. Brisbane Heat’s Georgia Redmayne has been chosen as a wicket-keeper.
Among the notable miss from the list is Smriti Mandhana, who became the first Indian to hit a century in WBBL 2021 with a record-equalling 114 not out. Apart from Kaur and Mandhana, there are six other Indian women playing in the WBBL. They are Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav, Richa Ghosh, Shafali Verma, Radha Yadav and Jemimah Rodrigue
Melbourne Renegades are slated to play The Challenger on Thursday.