Cricket fans who were looking forward to watching Harmanpreet Kaur in this years Kia Super League T20 will be disappointed. Harmanpreet has had to opt out of the league due to a shoulder injury sustained during the Women’s World Cup last month.
Upon arriving in India, she underwent a MRI of the shoulder which revealed a tear and was therefore advised rest and rehabilitation for a month.
This news comes after a very successful run scoring campaign during the World Cup which saw her hit an unbeaten 171 off just 115 balls against Australia in the semi-finals, compiling 359 runs over the tournament.
Expectations were especially high since Harmanpreet had also managed the same fervour in the Women’s Big Bash League for the Sydney Thunders earlier in the year in which she scored 259 runs with an average of 59.20 and took six wickets. She proved to be such a valuable player that she ended as Thunder’s Player of the Tournament.
A disappointed Harmanpreet was to join her franchise, Surrey Stars on 29th July said:
“I was in bad shape in the later stages of the World Cup but the physios got me going. It would have been great to be a part of Kia League. I had a successful stint with Sydney Thunder in Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) which lifted my game and confidence. I will convey my unavailability to the franchise.”
She went on to speak about her desire to play “alongside England’s World Cup winning cricketers Natalie Sciver, Tammy Beaumont, Laura Marsh and Alex Hartley”.
Although this has not been possible, we do hope to see her in action during WBBL which is to start off 10 days before the men on 10th December 2017.
Mithali Raj had earlier credited Harmanpreet’s and Smriti Mandhana’s World Cup successes to their stint at the WBBL as the exposure increased confidence and the interaction helped the Indian team strategies against Australia in the semi final.
India’s skipper Raj went on to add the importance of playing in these leagues in the bid to improve standard of women’s cricket.
As of now, despite talks of a Women’s IPL, there has been no further news from the BCCI of an upcoming series for the Indian women.