Moga’s Harmanpreet Kaur, 26, and Shimla’s Sushma Verma, 23, have done the region proud by making it to the 15-member Indian women’s cricket team for the T20 World Cup that begins in March.
Harmanpreet, a right-hand batswoman, has already played two World Cups and four World T20s. She made her one-day international debut in 2009 and Test debut in 2014.
Sushma, who will be keeping the wickets for India, proved herself in the role during the T20 home series against New Zealand last year. At present, she is playing in Australia.
Both players are Indian Railway employees.
Harmanpreet was introduced to the sport by her father who played football at the state level but was also passionate about cricket. “He conducts gully cricket tournaments. I used to accompany him to these matches and have stood in as a fielder whenever needed,” she recalls with nostalgia.
Sushma played various games such as hockey, handball and volleyball besides trying athletics before finding her calling in cricket in 2008. So far, she has represented India Blue Women, India Women and Indian Board President’s Women XI.