Cricket World Player Of The Week - Harmanpreet Kaur
There was international cricket action in both the women’s cricket and associate cricket arenas over the past week. Namibia beat the Netherlands in the ICC Intercontinental Cup in Windhoek, while India Women completed a six-nil clean sweep of Bangladesh Women by winning the three One-Day Internationals in Ahmedabad.
Tom Cooper was the star player from the Intercontinental Cup fixture in southern Africa, hitting 83 and 109 but still ending up on the losing side. That was because of a fine all-round display from the hosts, which included a century from young wicket-keeper Raymond van Schoor.
The three women’s ODIs were dominated by two Indian players. Ekta Bisht was easily the leading wicket-taker with hauls of three for 27, three for 34 and two for 19, but it is stand-in India captain Harmanpreet Kaur who wins this week’s Cricket World Player of the Week award.
Kaur, a 24 year-old from Punjab, hit an unbeaten 63 in the first game on Monday; followed that up with her second ODI century in game two on Wednesday; and contributed 29 in a low-scoring third match on Friday.
Kaur made her international debut the day before her 20th birthday in the 2009 World Cup and has gone onto play 36 ODIs and 39 Twenty International so far in her career. She was named captain for the series against Bangladesh after regular skipper Mithali Raj was left out of the squad.
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