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Harmanpreet Kaur

Harmanpreet Kaur
Personal information
Full name
Harmanpreet Kaur Bhullar
Born (1989-03-08) 8 March 1989 (age 35)
Moga, Punjab, India
BowlingRight-arm off break
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 75)13 August 2014 v England
Last Test16 June 2021 v England
ODI debut (cap 91)7 March 2009 v Pakistan
Last ODI19 June 2024 v South Africa
ODI shirt no.7
T20I debut (cap 16)11 June 2009 v England
Last T20I16 July 2023 v Bangladesh
T20I shirt no.7
Domestic team information
2016/17–2018/19Sydney Thunder
2018–2019Lancashire Thunder
2021Manchester Originals
2021/22–presentMelbourne Renegades
2023–presentMumbai Indians
2023–presentTrent Rockets
Career statistics
Competition WTest WODI WT20I WBBL
Matches 3 124 153 48
Runs scored 38 3445 3,112 1,119
Batting average 7.60 38.18 28.29 41.44
100s/50s 0/0 6/17 1/11 0/6
Top score 17 171* 103 81*
Balls bowled 296 1,646 760 432
Wickets 9 31 32 27
Bowling average 13.55 45.96 24.84 19.96
5 wickets in innings 1 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 5/44 2/16 4/23 4/27
Catches/stumpings 0/– 45/– 56/0 23/0
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 13 February 2023
Medal record
Representing  India
Women's cricket
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 2022 Hangzhou Team
Commonwealth Games
Silver medal – second place 2022 Birmingham Team
World Cup
Runner-up 2017 England and Wales
T20 World Cup
Runner-up 2020 Australia

Harmanpreet Kaur (/ˈhɑːr.mən.prt ˈkɔːr/ HAHR-mən-preet KOR;[1] born 8 March 1989) is an Indian cricketer who captains the India women's national cricket team in all formats.[2] She plays for and captains Mumbai Indians in the Women's Premier League. She plays as an all-rounder for the Indian women's cricket team;[3][4][5] and was awarded the Arjuna Award for Cricket in the year 2017 by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.[6]

In November 2018, she became the first woman for India to score a century in a Women's Twenty20 International (WT20I) match and is the only Indian women cricketer with more than 3,000 runs in T20Is and is one of only three Indian women to have scored more than 3,000 runs in Women's One Day Internationals (WODI).[a][7][8][9] In October 2019, during the series against South Africa, she became the first cricketer for India, male or female, to play in 100 international Twenty20 matches.[10]

Early life

Kaur was born on 8 March 1989 in Moga, Punjab, to Harmandar Singh Bhullar, a volleyball and basketball player and Satwinder Kaur, a homemaker.[11] Her parents are baptised Sikhs. Her younger sister Hemjeet, is post-graduate in English and works as an assistant professor at Guru Nanak College in Moga.[12] Her father, who now is a clerk at a judicial court, was once an aspiring cricketer. He was the first coach of Harman when she had begun playing the sport. She took to cricket after joining the Gian Jyoti School Academy, 30 kilometres (19 mi) away from her residence in Moga,[13] where she trained under Kamaldeesh Singh Sodhi.[14] Harman used to play with men in the formative days of her career.[15] She moved to Mumbai in 2014 where she began working for the Indian Railways.[16][13] Harmanpreet was inspired by Virender Sehwag.

She has claimed to have obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Chaudhary Charan Singh University in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh; though an investigation by university officials found no records of her enrollment and the claims to be fabricated. This was during a request for verification by the Punjab Police, after her honorary appointment there as a deputy superintendent of police. Other reports indicate that she actually studied at the Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya college (of the Guru Nanak Dev University) in Jalandhar, Punjab.[17]


In March 2009, she made her ODI debut aged 20 in a match against Pakistan women's team played at Bradman Oval during the World Cup. In the match, she bowled 4 overs conceding 10 runs and also caught Armaan Khan off Amita Sharma.[18]

In June 2009, she made her Twenty20 International debut in the ICC Women's World Twenty20 against England women's team at County Ground, Taunton, where she scored 8 runs off 7 balls.[19][20]

Her ability to hit the ball a long way was seen when she played quick-fire innings of 33 against England women's in a T20I game played in Mumbai in 2010.[21]

She was named as Indian women's captain for the 2012 Women's Twenty20 Asia Cup final, as captain Mithali Raj and vice-captain Jhulan Goswami were out because of injuries. She made her debut as captain against Pakistan women's as India defended 81 runs thus won Asia Cup.[22]

In March 2013, she was named ODI captain of India women's when Bangladesh women's team toured in India.[23] In the series, Kaur scored her second ODI century in the 2nd ODI. Kaur finished the series 195 runs at average of 97.50 with a century and a fifty along with 2 wickets.

In August 2014, she one of the eight debut that played against England women cricket team in a Test match at Sir Paul Getty's Ground, Wormsley in which she scored 9 and a duck in a match.[24]

In November 2014, she took 9 wickets in a Test match South Africa women cricket team played at Gangothri Glades Cricket Ground, Mysore and helped India to win the match by an innings and 34 runs.[25]

In January 2016, she helped India to win series in Australia as well as scored a 31-ball 46 runs in India's highest ever chase in T20 internationals. She continued her form in the 2016 ICC Women's World Twenty20 where she scored 89 runs and took seven wickets in four matches.[26][27]

Kaur batting for Sydney Thunder in January 2017

In June 2016, she became the first Indian cricketer to be signed by an overseas Twenty20 franchise. Sydney Thunder, the Women's Big Bash League champions, signed her for the 2016–17 season.[28][29][30][31] On 20 July 2017 she scored 171*(115) against Australia in the 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup semi-final in Derby.[32][33] Kaur's 171* is currently the second-highest score by an Indian batter in women's one-day internationals, behind Deepti Sharma's 188 runs. Kaur also holds the record for the highest individual score for India in Women's cricket World Cup history.[34][35] Kaur now holds the record for registering the highest ever individual score in a knockout stage of a Women's World Cup match (171*) surpassing the previous record of 107* by Karen Rolton.[36][37] Kaur was part of the Indian team to reach the final of the 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup where the team lost to England by nine runs.[38][39][40] In July 2017, Harman became second India batter to feature in the top-10 of ICC Women's ODI Player Rankings after Mithali Raj.[41]

Kaur receiving Arjuna Award in 2020

In December 2017, she was named as one of the players in the ICC Women's T20I Team of the Year.[42][43]

In October 2018, she was named as the captain of India's squad for the 2018 ICC Women's World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies.[44][45] Ahead of the tournament, she was named as one of the players to watch.[46] In the opening match of the tournament, against New Zealand, she became the first woman for India to score a century in WT20Is, when she made 103 runs from 51 balls.[47] She was the leading run-scorer for India in the tournament, with 183 runs in five matches.[48]

In November 2018, she was named in Sydney Thunder's squad for the 2018–19 Women's Big Bash League season.[49][50] In January 2020, she was named as the captain of India's squad for the 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup in Australia.[51] In 2021, she was drafted by Manchester Originals for the inaugural season of The Hundred.[52] She played for them in 3 games, scoring 104 runs[53] before withdrawing herself from the tournament due to injury.[54]

In March 2021, in a match against South Africa, she became fifth Indian woman cricketer to represent the country in 100 ODIs.[55] In May 2021, she was named as the vice-captain of India's Test squad for their one-off match against the England women's cricket team.[56] In September 2021, she was signed by Melbourne Renegades for 2021–22 Women's Big Bash League season.[57]

In January 2022, she was named in India's team for the 2022 Women's Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.[58] In July 2022, she was named as the captain of India's team for the cricket tournament at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.[59]

In February 2023, in the inaugural WPL auction, she was bought by Mumbai Indians for ₹1.80 crores. The Mumbai Indians, captained by her, went on to win the inaugural WPL.[60][61]

In July 2023, Kaur was fined 75% of her match fee, received four demerit points, and was suspended for two matches by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for breaching the code of conduct for her outbursts during the final ODI of the Bangladesh series. She pleaded guilty to two separate charges pressed by Akhtar Ahmed, the match referee.[62] Kaur received three demerit points and fined 50% of her match fee relating to "showing dissent at an umpire's decision". Thus, she became the first women's player to be given a Level 2 sanction since the ICC began listing code of conduct breaches publicly in 2016. She was also awarded one demerit point for a separate Level 1 penalty along with a fine of 25% of her match fee for "public criticism" of match officials.[63] Kaur found herself in the controversy after hitting the stumps with her bat when she was declared out. In the post-match presentation, she publicly criticised the umpires and disrespected the opposing team during the photo session, leading the Bangladeshi players to walkout.[64]





  1. ^ The others being Mithali Raj and Smriti Mandhana.


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