India’s T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur has extended her contract with Sydney Thunder for another two seasons.
The all-rounder became the first Indian player to feature in a foreign T20 league when the franchise signed her on a one-year contract in 2016. She managed 296 runs and six wickets in 13 games that season, which also included a fantastic knock of 47 off 28 balls on debut.
The 28-year-old stole the headlines in the 2017 Women’s World Cup after producing an extraordinary knock 171 against Australia in a rain-curtailed semi-final, with many hailing it as one of the greatest performances ever in the knockout stage of a tournament.
“It’s been almost like a dream come true, we as a unit never thought we would make it to the finals and then going so close to winning. It’s been a great experience for the side, things have drastically changed for women’s cricket in India,” Kaur said to Sydney Thunder.
“People are recognising us, they come for our autographs and pictures – it’s such a good feeling to get that respect from the country which is mad for cricket.”
Sydney Thunder General Manager Lee Germon said he was excited to see Kaur back at the Thunder.
“Following the Women’s World Cup, Harmanpreet was the hottest property in cricket,” said Germon. “She showed during that tournament and through her performances with the Thunder, that she is one of, if not the most, destructive batters in the game at the moment.
“She will bring her match winning qualities to our side and I am sure our fans will enjoy watching her play once again in Thunder colours.”
Sydney Thunder open their WBBL03 campaign against the Melbourne Renegades on 9 December at North Sydney Oval.