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Moga girl to lead new-look Team India

Harmanpreet Kaur Bhullar, the highest run-getter for India during their forgetful campaign in the women's cricket World Cup last month, has been rewarded for her standout showing. The 24-year-old Moga right-handed batswoman has been named captain of the new-look national side for the India-Bangladesh series to be played from April 2 to 12 in Gujarat.

chandigarh Updated: Mar 29, 2013 00:20 IST
Kuldeep Panwar

Harmanpreet Kaur Bhullar, the highest run-getter for India during their forgetful campaign in the women's cricket World Cup last month, has been rewarded for her standout showing.


The 24-year-old Moga right-handed batswoman has been named captain of the new-look national side for the India-Bangladesh series to be played from April 2 to 12 in Gujarat. As hosts India finished seventh in the World Cup, seven top players, including outgoing skipper Mithali Raj, have been shown the door for the bilateral series with Bangladesh that includes three T20 and as many one day international (ODI) matches. This has earned vice-captain Harmanpreet a promotion, making her the first woman from Punjab to get the captaincy.

"I came to know about it (being named the captain) when a BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) official called up from Mumbai. The feeling is great. I will try my best to do justice to the new role," said an exasperated Harmanpreet while talking to HT on phone from Moga.

Even the men's side has had only two full-time captains from Punjab - Lala Amarnath in the '40-50s and Bishen Singh Bedi in the '70s - though Lala's son Mohinder Amarnath led the squad as a stand-in skipper on the odd occasion.

A middle-order batswoman, Harmanpreet's progression has been quick - she started playing cricket only in 2007 and made her international debut for the senior team against Pakistan in the 2009 World Cup. So far, she has played 33 one-day internationals (ODIs), and scored 850 runs including a ton and six half-centuries. Her highest, unbeaten 107 came against England in the last month's World Cup, where she was the leading scorer for India with 159 runs from four matches at an average of 53. She has played 36 T20s and scored 559 runs.

Harmanpreet was named vice-captain for the first time in May last year for the tour to England, a role she retained for the T20 WC in Sri Lanka (September) and the T20 Asia Cup in China (October). In the T20 Asia Cup, where India emerged as winners, she had stood in for injured skipper Mithali for a couple of matches.