Indian T20I skipper Harmanpreet Kaur has been named as the player of the tournament of the ongoing Women’s Big Bash League.
Playing for Melbourne Renegades, Harmanpreet Kaur has been outstanding with both bat and ball.
She has scored 399 runs at an average of 66.50 and a strike rate of 135.25. Apart from her batting, Kaur also has 15 wickets to her name. Bowling in the powerplay for the first time, Kaur was able to give the team early breakthroughs, something that kept Renegades going.
Kaur accepted the award during the eliminator of the tournament between Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat.
“I’m extremely delighted, it’s something very big that I have achieved,” Kaur said. “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 was required from me,” she said.
The award Young Gun of the tournament went to Sydney Thunder’s Phoebe Litchfield.
The 18-year-old ended the season with 263 runs at an average of 21.91 and a strike rate of 109.12. She was the team’s second-leading run-scorer only after the opener Smriti Mandhana.
WBBL shared a video of Litchfield accepting the award.
“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,” she said.