WATCH: Harmanpreet Kaur shines with bat & ball during WBBL 07; wins Player of the Tournament award

Playing for the Melbourne Renegades, Harmanpreet enjoyed a dominant season scoring 399 runs and picking 15 wickets.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 24 November 2021 11:27 pm

Highlights
  • Harmanpreet enjoyed a dominant season scoring 399 runs and picking 15 wickets.
  • Only two other foreign players have won the Player of the tournament in the Women's BBL before Harmanpreet.

What a Women's Big Bash League India's Harmanpreet Kaur has had. She has not only shone with the bat but proved her utility with the ball as well as she became the first Indian player to be named the Player of the Tournament in this competition. Playing for the Melbourne Renegades, Harmanpreet enjoyed a dominant season scoring 399 runs and picking 15 wickets.

Kaur was voted as the best player in the competition by the standing umpires at each match where she polled a total of 31 votes, three clear of Perth Scorchers duo of Beth Mooney and Sophie Devine who have 28 wickets each.

"I'm extremely delighted, it's something very big that I have achieved. I'm very thankful to my team and all the support staff, they have been great during this time and have supported me a lot. It's been totally a team effort -- I was just doing the job the team required from me," said Harmanpreet Kaur in a release.

"We have a team that has gelled together. We support each other and that's what we have been doing. I haven't put any extra pressure on myself, I've just enjoyed being here and supporting my teammates," she added.

The Renegades even shared a video of Harmanpreet's best shots and wickets which is worth having a look.

"Simply incredible.

It's been fun watching @ImHarmanpreet in action this summer! đź‘Ź #GETONRED," they captioned the video.

Here it is:

Only two other foreign players have won the Player of the tournament in the Women's Big Bash League before Harmanpreet and they happen to be New Zealand's Sophie Devine and Amy Satterthwaite. Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry have also received the honour in the past.

Meanwhile, Sydney Thunder's Phoebe Litchfield was adjudged as the "Young Gun" an award given to the best player under 21 years of age. The winner for this is selected by Cricket Australia's National Selection Panel.

The 18-year-old somehow managed to strike a balance between her school and cricket as she batted at number three in an injury-hit Thunder outfit, accumulating 263 runs in the tournament.

"It means a lot to be recognised with this award. It's a surprise, to be honest. I could think of a number of other young players who would be deserving of this award, which is really exciting for the future," Litchfield said.