Harmanpreet Kaur is hopeful that BCCI will establish women’s IPL sooner rather than later as she recently created history. Kaur became the first Indian to be named Women’s BBL player of the tournament while Phoebe Litchfield has been named the Young Gun of Weber WBBL. She represented Melbourne Renegades this season. Harmanpreet scored 399 runs for the tournament at an average of 66.5. She had a strike rate of 135.25 which also included three match-winning half-centuries.
She was also their leading wicket-taker bagging 15 wickets in the tournament. She had an economy rate of 7.46. She was Player of the Match three times. Harmanpreet becomes the third overseas player to be named the WBBL’s player of the tournament. Kaur was voted as the competition’s top player by the standing umpires at each match, polling 31 votes. Votes were awarded on a 3-2-1 basis by both of the standing umpires.
She was hoping that it was another stepping towards the establishment of the women’s IPL in the future. She said:
“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.”
“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 BCCI and the cricket board. We can’t do something extra on that but we can only request and that’s what we have done, you know, for many years. They know better than us. They know when to do it and how to start and they are also thinking about that and I’m sure, you know, they will definitely come up with something for women’s cricket.”
“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. 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,” Harmanpreet added.
Harmanpreet Kaur in WBBL21
Batting: 11 innings, 399 runs, avg of 66.50, SR of 135.25
Bowling: 12 innings, 15 wickets, avg of 20.40, ER of 7.46
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