Indian women athletes are doing wonders, not only inside the country but also on an international level. A few months back, Indian women cricket players Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana continued to dazzle Down Under. They secured revised contracts with their respective Big Bash League franchisees Sydney Thunders and Hobart Hurricanes.
Sports Leagues: A Revolution in the sports ecosystem
Actually, sports today isn’t confined to a specific country or a team and is crossing every possible barrier and boundary. International players coming to India and playing in Indian Sports’ Leagues is very common. The fans love these foreign players and instantly connect with them. Remember, the love that Bangalore crowd had for Chris Gayle and AB De Villiers or Mumbai had for Lasith Malinga in the Indian Premier League?
Similarly, Indian players are playing and making a prominent mark in such leagues outside India. Today, we take a look at the Indian women sportspersons who are nailing it internationally.
Fastest fifties in Women’s Big Bash League Season 4:
Both came on the same day, both being Indian Cricketer.
— I?D?A? Women Crℹcket??? (@womencricketIN) December 9, 2018
The Indian Women’s T20 Captain Harmanpreet Kaur is a part of the Big Bash League played in Australia. She plays for the Sydney Thunders. The all-rounder has played 35 matches for the Thunders and has amassed 715 runs with the highest score of 64*.
Fastest fifties in Women’s Big Bash League:
22 balls – Ashleigh Gardner, 2017/18
22 balls – Lizelle Lee, 2017/18
23 balls – HARMANPREET KAUR, Today
24 balls – SMRITI MANDHANA, Today#WBBL04
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) December 9, 2018
She has also claimed 12 wickets in the league with a best of 4-18. The Indian Women’s T20 captain was the top scorer for Thunders in the second season. Then, she mustered 296 runs in 12 innings with a strike rate of 117, an average of 59.20 and was adjudged Thunder’s Player of the Tournament.
Thank You England for having me for the KIA Super League, It has been a pleasure to represent Western Storm. Special thanks to supporting staff for providing me environment where I was able to learn and grow as a player. All the best for the finals !!? pic.twitter.com/Q2xuVNIlWa
— Smriti Mandhana (@mandhana_smriti) August 22, 2018
The Indian Women’s T20 Vice Captain Smriti Mandhana is also a part of the Big Bash League played Down Under. Earlier, she played for the Brisbane Heats but later on, she was signed by the Hobart Hurricanes for the fourth season. Smriti is also a part of the Kia Super League
The ENTIRE @HurricanesWBBL team did the #headbandchallenge ? @mandhana_smriti, @crinny17 & the team are donating to @staychatTY on top of @sophdevine77’s $100! Donate: https://t.co/FLndF5DXnV@ScorchersBBL, you’re next! Stay tuned – we’ve got something BIG in store! #BlueEnergy pic.twitter.com/nvXO69lSEK
— AdelaideStrikersWBBL (@StrikersWBBL) January 9, 2019
Playing for the Brisbane Heats, the left-handed attacking batswoman have scored 407 runs in her 25 matches at a strike rate of 129.62. Mandhana’s highest score is 69. She has hit 55 boundaries and 9 sixes playing for the Heats. Her best bowling figures are 2-6. She has once received ‘Player of the Match’ award.
The left-hander has recorded the fastest 50 in a T20I off 30 balls and also claimed player of the series honours in the Women’s Super League for the Western Storm in England.
2016 was incredible, hope 2017 is even more fun with loads of new opportunities.
Happy New Year to you all❤✌️ pic.twitter.com/2ZINB4SSWc
— Aditi Chauhan GK ?? (@aditi03chauhan) January 1, 2017
Indian Women’s Football team goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan became the first player from the national women’s team to play competitively in England. She played for West Ham Ladies in FA Women’s Premier League.
The Delhi girl was signed pre-season by the third-tier London club for one year from Loughborough University in Leicestershire. She spent two seasons with the club before returning to India in early 2018. The 26-year-old is also a goalkeeper for India Rush.
— Women’s News (@WomenWorldNews1) August 17, 2015
Chauhan was selected for trials with the India U19 side at age 17. She was a part of the India women’s team that won the 2012 SAFF Women’s Championship in Sri Lanka.
In Women Big Bash League, the Hobart Hurricanion & Female Indian Cricketer, Veda Krishnamurthy, has choosen a celebration style as like Pakistani Ex All rounder Shahid Afridi. Afridi praised the lady in reply.@vedakmurthy08 @SAfridiOfficial @WBBL @HurricanesWBBL @BCCIWomen pic.twitter.com/1LwYpHSrGp
— News99 (@News99P) January 9, 2018
Veda Krishnamurthy, a hard-hitting middle-order batsman was signed by the Hobart Hurricanes for the third season of the Big Bash League in Australia. Krishnamurthy who is a part of the Indian Team setup since 201,1 was in a good form initially. But, she couldn’t continue her rich vein of form as she scored just 144 runs for her team in just 9 matches.
Her top score was 40 which she scored in the last match of the season. Veda was a good fielder out on the boundary rope and took some great catches but her fielding could not save her position in the side as the team management did not renew her contract. She was replaced by another Indian Smriti Mandhana.
Ppl know me for my time in London playing for Spurs & Fulham. Lil do they know that it was a trying period for me on a personal account. I grew the most during my London chapter. #gateful But I am not one to over extend glories of my past. Believe, my best is yet to come ?? pic.twitter.com/Lz3WRW3aKz
— Tanvie Hans (@TanvieHans) December 3, 2018
Tanvie Hans is the first Indian origin football player to have played for the Tottenham Hotspur Ladies Football Club. She currently plays for Fulham Ladies.
For a Delhi girl to play in England for clubs like Spurs and Fulham is a big achievement. Tanvie was also to play for FC Pune City in Indian Women’s League, but since she was holding a British passport, she wasn’t allowed.
Girl amongst boys? Nope. Footballer amongst footballers ?⚽ pic.twitter.com/aYFEuwWXEK
— Tanvie Hans (@TanvieHans) November 13, 2018
After 3 successful years in England in 2016, she came back to India. Right now, Tanvie is raising funds for 400 underprivileged girls to play Football. Besides, she was also the poster girl for ‘Bend it Like Beckham’.
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