HIGHLIGHTS:

 

⚬ Harmanpreet Kaur will continue to represent Sydney Thunder for the third consecutive season.

 

⚬ Smriti Mandhana has been picked by Hobart Hurricanes for this season.

 

⚬ Women’s Big Bash League will begin on & from 1st December.


The Women’s Big Bash League is back with its fourth season. With eight franchises showcasing the biggest names from women’s cricket world and the best talents of Australia, this season will start on and from 1st December. The first match will feature Hobart Hurricanes and Pert Scorchers. Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana, the captain and vice captain duo of Indian T20 team will be featured in this season’s Big Bash as well.

Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana
Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana pose for the cameras © Annesha Ghosh

Harmanpreet Kaur will continue to represent Sydney Thunder for the third consecutive season whereas Smriti Mandhana has been picked by Hobart Hurricanes for this season replacing her teammate Veda Krishnamurthy.

Harmanpreet Kaur was the top scorer of the season for Sydney Thunder in the first season. She smashed 296 runs in 12 innings at a strike rate of 117, and adjudged Thunder’s player of tournament that season. Harmanpreet Kaur had a decent run in the Women’s Cricket Super League in England this year as well. Based on the average she was the second best batter of her team, Lancashire Thunder scoring 164 runs in 7 matches with an average of 32.80. She was a key player in Thunder’s win over Surrey Stars, when her team needed 11 run in the last over to win the match and she calmly closed the match with a four and a six on the 4th and 5th delivery of the 20th over.

The third highest run scorer will be joining her Western Strom captain Heather Knight of England who also plays for Hurricane in the Big Bash League. Smriti Mandhana is in super form this year. She finished the Kia Super League as the highest run getter in England earlier this year. Smriti Mandhana scored 421 runs in nine innings- which is the highest across all reasons of Women’s Cricket League (Kia Super League) and Women’s Big Bash League. Smriti’s strike rate of 174.69 and 21 sixes are all time records in women’s league cricket. Smriti Mandhana’s first stint in the Big Bash League ended with an injury. This time she will hopefully finish it with high numbers.

Both Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana, have shown their class in ICC T20 tournament. Harmanpreet Kaur scored a blistering century and led the team throughout whereas her deputy, Smriti Mandhana had a decent tournament including one half century.

Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana have been powerful batter for T20 cricket overall and hopefully they will be able to prove their worth in this season of Big Bash as well.

 

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