Harmanpreet Kaur named in official WBBL Team of the Tournament

After a superb all-round performance for Melbourne Renegades this season, Indian T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur has been chosen in the Women’s Big Bash League’s official ‘Team of the Tournament.’ She has starred for the Renegades with both bat and ball, scoring 399 runs and three half-centuries and her strike rate is 135.25 percent, while her average is 66.5 percent.

Last week, she hit an unbroken 81-run innings against the Sydney Thunder. She’s also hit 18 sixes so far, which is a competition high. “After joining her new club, Harmanpreet Kaur has been a powerful force with bat and ball for the Renegades, powering their rise back up the table,” cricket.co.au reported.

Following the injury to the team’s star leg-spinner, Georgia Wareham, Harmanpreet has shown her mettle with the ball. The 32-year-old has 15 wickets and has been outstanding in the power play. In T20 cricket, the Indian captain has the best stats of 3/22. Despite some excellent performances by the likes of Smriti Mandhana, who became the first Indian to achieve a century in the league with a record-equalling 114 not out, Harmanpreet is the only Indian to make the WBBL Best XI.

Apart from Harmanpreet, the only other international player in the Best XI was Sophie Devine, a New Zealand all-rounder who plays for the Perth Scorchers. Former Australia players Lisa Sthalekar and Mel Jones, as well as Australia national selector Shawn Flegler, were among the members of the selection panel.