Harmanpreet Kaur, India’s T20I captain, will rejoin Lancashire Thunder for the 2019 edition of the Women’s Cricket Super League in England, the team announced on Wednesday (July 3).
“I am delighted to sign with Lancashire Thunder once again for the Kia Super League,” Kaur said in a statement. “I really enjoyed my first spell in Lancashire. Everybody made me feel very welcome and I have some great friends in the dressing room, who I can’t wait to play with again.”
“It is a very talented squad and I know we will all be hungry to go one further this year, following the disappointment of narrowly missing out on Finals Day in 2018.”
Kaur has played 96 T20Is for India and scored 1910 runs at an average of 28.08, including six half-centuries and one century. She has also represented Sydney Thunder in the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia.
Hoping to play some great games on the field with my mates . https://t.co/pYkkNS0c6u
— Harmanpreet Kaur (@ImHarmanpreet) July 3, 2019
Kaur became the first Indian woman to score a T20I century when she smashed an unbeaten 51-ball 103 against New Zealand in the opening match of the 2018 ICC Women’s World T20 in the Caribbean last November. She inspired a young Indian team to play an attacking brand of cricket, even leading them to the semi-finals of that tournament.
Most recently, she led Supernovas to victory in the Women’s T20 Challenge tournament held in Jaipur. The right-hander scored 98 runs in three matches, at a strike rate of 128.94 including a valiant half-century in the opening match against Trailblazers.
In the previous edition of the WCSL, Kaur scored 164 runs for Lancashire, the highest in the squad. She mad an emphatic start to her campaign, sealing victory against Surrey Stars with a six off the penultimate ball of the innings.
“Harmanpreet made a fantastic start last summer, holding her nerve in the final over to hit the winning runs at Surrey after joining up with the squad late,” said Alex Blackwell, head coach of Lancashire. “She also played a great knock in our Roses victory against Yorkshire in Blackpool and I am certain that she will be determined to showcase even more of her skills this summer. It is great to have one of the world’s leading T20 batters in our ranks once again.”
Harmanpreet is the first overseas player to sign with Lancashire for this season. The team will add two more overseas players ahead of the commencement of the KSL.