India‘s Twenty20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur has been adjured Sydney Thunder’s Women Big Bash League (WBBL) 2016-17 Player of the Tournament. Harmanpreet along with Smriti Mandhana became the first of two Indian women player to sign up for WBBL. Harmanpreet was picked up by reigning WBBL champions Sydney Thunder on back of her impressive outings in the Women’s T20 Asia Cup and India’s bilateral series against West Indies. Harmanpreet accumulated 296 runs at 59.20 in the WBBL 2016-17. She had an explosive strike rate of 116.99, with one fifty to her name that included 17 fours and 11 sixes.
In an tweet sent out by Thunder’s they congratulated Harmanpreet, “Congratulations to @ImHarmanpreet for being named Sydney Thunder #WBBL02 Player of the Tournament #ThunderNation”. Harmanpreet was Thunder’s second highest run getter behind Alex Blackwell, who is leading the charts with 386 runs in as many matches. Harmanpreet showcased her skills in her debut match by scoring an unbeaten 28-ball 47 against the Melbourne Stars.
— Sydney Thunder (@ThunderBBL) April 1, 2017
In between all the sheer joy, Harmanpreet was also charged for breaching the Cricket Australia (CA) Code of Conduct. She was reported for breaching CA’s Code of Conduct Article 2.1.2 abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during a match a level 1 offence.
Harmanpreet amidst her stellar show in WBBL, was recalled by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) midway citing India’s preparatory camp for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 qualifiers.