For the first time ever eight Indian players will be featuring in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL). The tournament’s seventh edition began with a fiery encounter between the Melbourne Stars and Sidney Sixers Women. The growing number of Indian players partaking in the Australian tournament is testament to how far the women in blue have come.

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Just two Indians – Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana had been a part of the tournament in recent years. While five others will be making their debut in the WBBL very soon.

The Indian contingent is the largest overseas presence at the competition followed by South Africa (six), New Zealand (two) and Sri Lanka, Ireland (one each).

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The Indian players participating in the WBBL are –

Harmanpreet Kaur

The Indian cricket side’s T20 skipper will play for the Melbourne Renegades in this edition of the tournament. She had previously represented Sydney Thunder for three seasons. The tournament comes at a welcome time for her as she looks to regain her form after sustaining successive injuries.

Smriti Mandhana

The Indian opener will be stepping on the field for defending champions Sydney Thunder in her third WBBL season. The world class batter has performed consistently in overseas tournaments and registered her first Test century very recently in a clash against Australia.

Shafali Verma

The 17-year-old has already established herself as a world class batter. She was the number one batter in T20 tournaments until very recently and has been displaced to the number two spot for now. She will be playing for the Sixers.

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Jemimah Rodrigues

The 21-year-old will be teammates with Harmanpreet Kaur at the Melbourne Renegades. Her impressive campaign in England’s tournament The Hundred grabbed the attention of many as she ended the campaign as the second highest run scorer.

Deepti Sharma

The all rounder will join Smriti Mandhana in Sydney Thunder’s camp. She is a brilliant player who always contributes to the match with either the bat or the ball.

Poonam Yadav

The leg-spinner has 98 wickets to her name in T20 cricket. Her numbers speak for themselves and she will be playing for Brisbane Heat.

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Richa Ghosh

The 18-year-old wicketkeeper-batter was signed by Hobart Hurricanes as a replacement for Lizelle Lee. It will be a learning experience for the youngster.

Radha Yadav

The T20 specialist has gone down the pecking order for the national side and will be hoping to get back in the playing eleven by displaying good performances for the Sydney Sixers.

It will be a good opportunity for the Indian players to get some match practice before the top international tournaments start again.