Which sport do you want to play?
And Harmanpreet replied cricket, just because it is the most popular sport in India. Well, that’s how her destiny was designed.
So to know more about how a girl from Moka, Punjab became a part of Indian women squad, let’s go back to the days when “women cricket” was not favored and was hardly known about.
Back to history!
In the year 1989, Harman was born to Harmandar Singh Bhullar and Satwinder Kaur in Moka, Punjab. She did her formal schooling from Gian Jyoti School Academy, where she started training under coach Kamaldeesh Singh Sodhi. Harman started practicing with men and she always says “this helps her play strong”.
She always knew that she wanted to represent India and used to share this thought to her team players and everyone would laugh and ask but where will you represent, where is the team.
To this, she would just think she wasn’t sure of how, where, or what she needed to do, but she was clear enough that she wanted to be a part of “The Indian Team”.
Later she moved to Mumbai in the year 2014 where she began working for the Indian Railways and started representing the game.
“The feeling of her journey is just like starting from zero and achieving a century”. She started playing at a very young age and was under limelight after her ODI debut against Pakistan in march 2009. This was just the beginning and soon she crossed every milestone.
- T20I in Mumbai- This game revealed her ability to hit the ball a long way when she played quick-fire innings of 33 against England in 2010.
- Debut as captain- In March 2013, she was designated as ODI captain of India women’s squad when Bangladesh women toured to India, in the series Kaur scored 195 runs along with 2 wickets.
- Test match (South Africa women cricket team)- she took 9 wickets in a Test match South Africa women cricket team and supported India to win the match by an innings and 34 runs.
- Series in Australia- In January 2016, she secured a score of 46 runs in 31 balls and became India’s highest ever chase in T20 internationals.
- ICC Women’s World Twenty20– She continued her game form in the 2016 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 and scored 89 runs with seven wickets in four matches.
- 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup – On 20 July 2017, she scored 171 in 115 balls against Australia and reached till semifinals.
Records and recognitions!
With commitment comes enthusiasm and once you earn that zeal to achieve, you become unstoppable. This is what happened with Harman, so let’s quickly see how the cricket world reciprocated to her hard work.
- In June 2016 she became the first Indian cricketer to be signed by an overseas Twenty20 franchise.
- She has the tag of second-highest scorer by an Indian batter in women’s one-day internationals with a score of 171* after Deepti Sharma.
- Holds a record for the highest individual score for India in Women’s cricket World Cup history.
- She is the second India batter to feature in the top-10 of ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings after Mithali Raj.
- In the year 2018-19, she was named in Sydney Thunder’s squad for Women’s Big Bash League Season.
- Honored with a prestigious sports award, Arjuna Award for Cricket in the year 2017.
Nothing is worth more than a journey that can motivate you to achieve whatever you desire. The life story of Harman somewhere takes us back to think about what we actually aspired for. Well, if we are on the same track.
Woah! We are somewhere winning our own life race.