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Hometown: Moga, Punjab
The Times of India, May 9, 2015
She is known as the `Virender Sehwag' of Indian women's cricket and for good reason. She made her international debut just a day shy of her 20th birthday at the 2009 Women's World Cup and hasn't looked back. Her maiden ODI ton was a swashbuckling 107 against England in a losing cause in the 2013 World Cup.In just six years, the girl from Moga has established herself as one of the pillars of the Indian team and is the heir-apparent to skipper Mithali Raj.
2016: Women’s Big Bash League (Australia)
Harmanpreet Kaur Bhullar is officially the first Indian female cricketer to be signed on for the Women’s Big Bash League (Australia). “We are delighted to secure a player of the calibre of Harmanpreet,” said Nick Cummins, Sydney Thunder’s general manager, “She was on the top of our target list, and we are very pleased that the BCCI has released her to play in Australia.” Sydney Thunder, the team that Kaur has signed on to, confirmed this Twitter:
In Sydney Thunder’s press release on Saturday, Kaur said, “It’s a great feeling. The WBBL is a great platform for women’s cricketers, being the first player from my country to sign a contract for a BBL club is one of my best moments. My aim is to serve my team to win the WBBL title for the second time in a row.”
After the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) cleared the way for women cricketers to play in overseas leagues, Kaur was approached by as many as three Australian teams to sign her.
Amongst the three teams – Adelaide Strikers, Sydney Thunder, and Brisbane Heat – Kaur has chosen to sign with Sydney Thunder. Kaur says she chose Sydney Thunder as it had only one overseas player on the team (a team can have a maximum of two from overseas playing at a time), and the players stand as the defending champions of WBBL 2015-16.
At the Women’s T20 in 2016, Kaur was India’s highest-scoring batter.
The all rounder will be playing alongside cricketers like Alex Blackwell and Stafanie Taylor (who led West Indies to victory at the World T20 in April, and is Sydney Thunder’s other overseas player).
Helped Indian women's team claim first T20I series in Australia, and complete their highest chase in the format. Member of the team that won the Women's T20 Asia Cup. Topped India's batting and bowling charts during ICC Women's World T20. Became the first Indian cricketer to join the Big Bash League.
World ranking in March 2017: 10 (ODI batting), 7 (T2OI batting), 9 (T20I all-rounders)
Fake graduation degree: DSP rank withdrawn
The Punjab government has withdrawn deputy superintendent of police rank from Harmanpreet Kaur, the Indian women’s Twenty20 captain and Arjuna awardee, after police verification found her graduation degree was fake.
The Moga native had joined Punjab police as a DSP on March 1 and had submitted a 2011 graduation degree purportedly issued by Chaudhary Charan Singh University in Meerut.
“The state government has written to Harmanpreet that since now her qualification can only be treated as Class XII, she can at best be retained as a constable,” a senior government functionary in chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s office said on Monday.
However, the state as of now is not in favour of legal action against her. “She is a player of global repute and was given DSP rank on the basis of her achievements in the field of cricket,” the officer reasoned. Harmanpreet could even lose her Arjuna award if Punjab police file an FIR against her for forgery and criminal conspiracy over her fake degree.
Asked if she had received the government’s letter, Harmanpreet refused to respond. “I am not well and taking rest. Will tell you later,” she said over the phone.