The inaugural edition of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) is only 3 days away from its inception, and 4 out of the 5 franchises have made official announcements of their respective captains. The latest to join the list are Mumbai Indians, who’ve announced Harmanpreet Kaur as their skipper.
Indian women’s team skipper, Harmanpreet Kaur, in her stint thus far has captained the side to a few Semi-Finals across both International Cricket Council (ICC) events, Women’s One-Day International (ODI) and Women’s Twenty20 (T20). The Arjuna Awardee only recently reached the milestone of playing 150 T20Is and is the first across both men and women cricketers to get to the feat.
Harmanpreet Kaur is announced as the CAPTAIN of Mumbai Indians for the Women’s Premier League 💙#CricketTwitter #WPL2023 📸@mipaltan pic.twitter.com/9v5OmnrGHT
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Mrs. Nita Ambani, on the appointment, said, “We are thrilled to have Harmanpreet as the captain of Mumbai Indians’ first-ever women’s cricket team. As the national captain, she has led the Indian Women’s team to some of their most exciting wins.
“And I am sure that with Charlotte and Jhulan’s support, she will inspire our MI women’s team to play their best cricket, display a sense of pride, and bring even more glory to women in sports. We are so looking forward to the beginning of this new chapter for MI!
“I can’t wait to see our girls play the fearless and entertaining MI brand of cricket that our fans adore. More power to Harmanpreet and the entire MI team on this exciting journey ahead!”
Harmanpreet Kaur, in 136 innings (151 matches), scored 3058 runs at an average of 28.05 and has got the highest score of 103. With experience from overseas leagues, Harmanpreet Kaur is one of India’s vastly experienced cricketers across formats, especially, T20 cricket.
Mumbai Indians feature in the tournament raiser on the 4th of March and are scheduled to lock horns with Beth Mooney’s Gujarat Giants. The remaining 3 teams, Meg Lanning’s Delhi Capitals, Alyssa Healy’s UP Warriorz, and Smriti Mandhana’s Royal Challengers Bangalore, will all be playing on the first doubleheader day, the 5th of March.