T20I skipper Harmanpreet Kaur has been recommended for the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honor in India, alongside seven different sportspersons by the Sports Ministry.
The proposals have been sent to the Padma grants board of trustees in the Home Ministry. The names of the awardees will be announced on the eve of the Republic Day one year from now. This is the first occasion when every one of the names prescribed by the sports ministry for the Padma grants is of women.
Harmanpreet Kaur, the Captain, and the ODI Vice-Captain, crushed 171 not out against Australia in the 2017 World Cup semi-final. In the same year, Kaur was also awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award for Cricket by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and became only the 9th female cricketer to achieve this feat.
At the age of 20, Harman made her ODI debut against Pakistan in the 2009 women’s World Cup at Bradman Oval, Bowral. She made her T20 debut against England in the 2009 world cup at Country Ground, Taunton. Kaur currently holds the record for the highest-ever unbeaten individual score (171*) in a knockout phase of a Women’s World Cup.