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Harmanpreet Kaur to miss Kia Super League T20 in England due to shoulder injury

Harmanpreet Kaur, who suffered a shoulder injury during the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, has been ruled out out of Kia Super League T20 series in England and has been advised a month’s rest.

cricket Updated: Jul 31, 2017 22:26 IST
Shalini Gupta
Shalini Gupta
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Harmanpreet Kaur has been ruled out of the Kia Super league T20 in England due to a shoulder injury she sustained in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.
Harmanpreet Kaur has been ruled out of the Kia Super league T20 in England due to a shoulder injury she sustained in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

When a tired Harmanpreet Kaur Bhullar reached Moga, her hometown, on Sunday, the pain in her shoulder had not subsided.

In the Women’s World Cup in England, the 28-year-old had braved shoulder and finger injuries to play a key role in India’s campaign.

However, recent MRI scans have confirmed a tear on her shoulder, ruling her out of England’s KIA Super League T20. The India vice-captain has been advised one month’s rest which will be followed by rehab.

The aggressive middle-order bat was signed up by Surrey Stars just before the World Cup.

A disappointed Harmanpreet told HT, “I was in bad shape in the later stages of the World Cup but the physios got me going. It would have been great to be a part of Kia League. I had a successful stint with Sydney Thunder in Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) which lifted my game and confidence. I will convey my unavailability to the franchise.”

After the felicitation function at New Delhi last week, Harmanpreet had rushed to Mumbai to get an MRI done. While her finger has no fracture, her shoulder needs rest and rehab.

Playing for Sydney Thunder, Harmanpreet made an immediate impact in her first season of WBBL, scoring 296 runs in 12 innings at an impressive average of 59.20. She also claimed six wickets. She was adjudged Sydney Thunder’s WBBL Player of the Tournament. Mithali Raj had credited Harmanpreet’s success to her WBBL stint.

“I was really looking forward to playing alongside England’s World Cup winning cricketers Natalie Sciver, Tammy Beaumont, Laura Marsh and Alex Hartley,” said Harmanpreet, whose unbeaten knock of 171 against Australia in the semifinals propelled her to instant stardom. Her 51 in the final against England, however, went in vain as India lost by nine runs.

The right-hand bat was supposed to join Surrey Stars on July 29. The Kia Super League will see six teams playing each other once in a league format.

While the Indian women’s cricket team is tied up attending felicitation ceremonies across the nation, there is no word from BCCI on their next tournament.

The Kia League would have provided Harmanpreet’s fans a chance to see her in action.

First Published: Jul 31, 2017 22:26 IST

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