A person who said women couldn’t play cricket didn’t know Harmanpreet Kaur Bhullar
Born on 8 March 1989 in Moga, Punjab, Harmanpreet Kaur Bhullar made her first debut in cricket against Pakistan at the age of 20. Starting from a young age, she joined Gian Jyoti School Academy that was 30km away from her residence in Moga and took training under Kamaldeesh Singh Sodhi.
With her constant hard work, patience, and determination for years, she played two years for the national team, got employed at the Indian Railways and along with her job, Bhullar did not lose hope and played cricket matches side by side.
It was her passion that made her play cricket regardless of what the circumstance was.
In 2010-11 when she was badly in need of a job, the Punjab Government rejected her application for a job in Punjab Police and by that time she had already played for two years for the national team.
A senior officer in police also stated that- She isn’t Harbhajan Singh that we should grant her a job. But needless, do we need to say that she is Harbhajan Singh or not!She did get a job in the Indian Railways, and along she also kept winning various titles like- Indian Women’s Captain, ODI Captain, and the first Indian Cricketer to be signed overseas for a T20 match.
Harmanpreet Kaur Bhullar was marked as Indian Women Captain in 2012 and ODI captain in 2013.In Aug 2014 and Nov 2015, she played two test matches and in Jan 2016, she helped India to win a series against Australia. Later in June 2016, she was also signed overseas for T20 and this is how she became the second highest scorer in one-day internationals.
Harmanpreet Kaur lives by her idol Virender Sehwag’s mantra of ‘see the ball, hit the ball’. She has been an inspiration for all the women who love to watch and play cricket.
It is not about that ‘Women cannot play cricket’; It is about how dedicated you are to pursue your dream! So ladies, take some inspiration and get on to be the next cricketer to make our country proud.
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