First Indian Woman Cricketer for Sydney Thunders

Harmanpreet Kaur Bhullar becomes the first female Indian cricketer for Australian team


Harmanpreet Bhullar, 27, has become the first Indian woman cricket player to join the Syndey Thunder in Australia’s domestic T-20 cricket league, otherwise known as the Women’s Big Bash League.

Whilst in Pune for training, Bullar said “I am feeling good about being picked up by Sydney Thunders in the Big Bash League. It’s an exciting opportunity to play with foreign women cricketers and I am happy that my hard work has paid off.”

Bhullar was first spotted by Kamaldeesh Singh Sodi, a cricketing coach, and trained under him at the Guru Nanak Public School in Moga. She then played in the Punjab state Championships and managed to break into the Indian women’s team for the 2009 World T-20 Championships.

Bhullar gave a sensational performance, scoring 89 runs and securing 7 wickets within 4 matches.

Speaking to The Indian Express, her father said “when she was born, [I] had brought a suit with cricket words on it. Some years later she started playing the game with boy trainees at the college ground. Initially, it was tough for us as the bats were costly and we could not afford them.”

Regarding her ground-breaking selection for the BBL, he said “I cannot describe my feelings on this achievement.”


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