Harmanpreet Kaur journey from hopelessness to becoming the hope for Indian women and winning har man

Harmanpreet Kaur is a name all cricket fans are swearing by and with her heroics; she has lifted Indian women's cricket identity to stature of hope and success. Harmanpreet who is winning har man (all hearts) has been lauded by Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Kapil Dev and others for her commendable performance in the recent Cricket Women's World Cup. It may seem that the stardom status Harmanpreet attained in the recent times was always easy with her talent but the journey from hopelessness to becoming the hope for millions has not been an easy one. Harmanpreet has gone through despair and rejection before actually experiencing the triumph.

Harmanpreet's struggle for playing cricket and for the job

Born and brought up in Moga in the middle class family with typical values where girls take care of the families. Harmanpreet was always bugged with cricket and always wanted to play cricket. There were reservations from family and a few relatives who could not relate to the idea of a girl playing cricket. It was Yadwinder Singh Sodhi's, Harmanpreet's coach family that pushed Harman with a progressive mind. And in spite of initial denial from her parents, she went ahead with following her heart to play cricket.

She started playing at a very young age and despite of doing well, she struggled for a job. She requested Punjab Police to employ her and met former Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal for the same, but she was refused and the reason stated was that she is a female cricketer and thus leaving no scope for any employment with Punjab Police.

Railway Connection

Harmanpreet didn't give up and based on former cricketer Diana Edulji's recommendation, she finally got a job with Indian Railways. The job helped her to cope with her financial stress which otherwise disturbed her sports regime.

Harmanpreet was first spotted by Yadwinder's father Kamaldeesh Singh Sodhi, who owned a school in Moga. Yadwinder Singh Sodhi, Harman's coach is now based in Adelaide and coach at Port Cricket Adelaide Club. Harmanpreet's rendezvous with cricket began at Gyan Jyoti Public School. She was admitted in Class X, exempted from all the fees and provided with free bats, shoes and kit by the Sodhis.

The Triumph

In 2005, Harmanpreet played in the Indian women's cricket team when the team played their first World Cup final against Australia in South Africa and in the following four years, she made the right noises with her big hitting abilities which landed her an India debut against Pakistan in 2009. In May, the BCCI recommended Harmanpreet's name for the Arjuna Award along with Cheteshwar Pujara.

The 28-year-old Harmanpreet became the first Indian to be signed for the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) by Sydney Thunder and will be playing in the T20 Kiya League in England next month.

Wishing Harmanpreet Kaur a great career ahead and wish that the glory Indian Women cricket team has reached remains for a long time.

 

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