Indian cricket fans have been wondering throughout the day as #IndianCricketTeamCaptainHarmanpreetKaur was trending on Twitter. Former cricketers Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh also tweeted in support of Harmanpreet which left the fans puzzled. However. the reason behind the hashtag has now been revealed. The hashtag is Puma Cricket’s campaign which aims to reduce the gender gap in cricket.
In this campaign, Puma pointed out how after a google search about the Indian cricket team captains, the search engine only displays Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya, unfairly excluding the women’s team captain Harmanpreet Kaur. Puma shared a video addressing this issue on platforms like Twitter, Quora, LinkedIn and Reddit with the hashtag #IndianCricketTeamCaptainHarmanpreetKaur.
Check out the video here:
Many prominent stars took part in the campaign and shared a video asking fans to treat both Men’s and Women’s cricket equally. Kaur has been a trailblazer in women’s cricket across the world and has been an integral part of India’s growth in women’s disciple.
Kaur recently also scripted history as she became the first player in the world - male or female - to appear in 150 matches in T20Is in the Women's T20 World Cup match against Ireland. She beat Indian men’s captain Rohit Sharma to this record. Harmanpreet had equalled Rohit’s record of 148 games against West Indies and overtook him during the game against England match last week.
"It means a lot, I got an emotional message from my teammates. Thanks to BCCI and ICC, we are able to play so many games," Harmanpreet said at the toss when she was reminded of the milestone.