While our men’s cricket team could not win the last Asia Cup, our women beat Sri Lanka to emerge as the Asian Champions. No wonder the Board of Control for Cricket in India had to rethink about the remuneration being extended to the ladies and bring it at par with their male counterparts. Under a changed leadership at the BCCI from Saurav Ganguly to Roger Binny, and in the women’s team from Mithali Raj to Harmanpreet Kaur, our women’s cricket team is destined to attain new heights.
The above statement is in no way meant to demean the forerunners. In fact, the age of Mithali Raj’s leadership did see the Indian women achieve what they had never achieved before while Saurav’s Board took a radical decision to set the ball rolling for a women’s IPL. However, the leadership of the Indian team will now have a different colour under Harmanpreet; Mithali was always a cool customer where the emotions were never as demonstrative as one can expect from the new leader. The softer side of Harmanpreet Kaur, however, could be seen in her tears when Jhulan Goswami played her last match for India.
Born at Moga in Punjab on 8 March 1989 to Harmandar Singh Bhullar and Satwinder Kaur, Harmanpreet Kaur Bhullar marched into the Indian team a day before turning twenty, on 7 March 2009, in a One Day International against Pakistan, and then made her T20 debut two months later against England.
Gp Capt Achchyut Kumar has been associated with The Teenager Today for more than 50 years; initially as a reader and later as a contributor on varied topics. Having worked in the Indian Air Force and in India’s oldest company, Forbes & Company Limited, he is now practising as a lawyer in Nainital High Court.