Harmanpreet Kaur becomes first Indian cricketer to play in Women’s Big Bash League

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The Indian cricket team is often considered a bunch of lions at home, while a bunch of lambs abroad. But on 12th December 2016, a little known female cricketer lit the stadium in down under Australia when she took field for the Sydney Thunder in the second edition of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) – Australia’s premier T20 tournament for cricketers from around the world.

Harmanpreet, who is also India‘s T20 captain, impressed even the likes of Aussie great Adam Gilchrist with a 28-ball 47, which unfortunately fell short by just six runs against Melbourne Stars after needing 45 from the last three overs.

Harmanpreet was also a standout performer during India’s disappointing World T20 campaign, where she scored 89 runs and took seven wickets in four outings.

Smriti Mandhana became the second Indian women’s player to sign for the WBBL after signing a one-year deal with the Brisbane Heat. This is after the BCCI cleared the women cricketers to participate in overseas leagues earlier in June.