I have been absolutely obsessed with the sportsmanship between Indian internationals Harmanpreet Kaur (Sydney Thunder) and Smriti Mandhana (Brisbane Heat) over the past two days.
The Women’s Big Bash League is all about the international superstars having a good crack against their usual and familiar teammates, which Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana have been immersed in over the last two days of WBBL action.
Embracing with a hug on the first day they saw each other, to finishing their last game enjoying a few pieces of fruit together post match in the stand. The sportsmanship and friendship displayed between the two is admirable.
It is so good to see them enjoying themselves in Australia during the WBBL and I am sure they are happy they have the opportunity to catch up with a familiar face.
Both players have played crucial roles within their side and have had a large contribution with the bat.
They went head to head over two days at Blacktown International Sportspark and both teams were able to secure a win. The competition is heating up especially with the ladder playing a huge role now as the team’s attempt to make it into the final rounds.
Harmanpreet Kaur has been a huge inclusion for the Sydney Thunder and been a part of the team for each game. Kaur had a brilliant first campaign in the WBBL after blasting an unbeaten 47 runs off 28 deliveries, which included two 4s and three 6s, but unfortunately was not enough to assist the Thunder to the win.
She continued in the second game she went on for an unbeaten 30 runs off 21 deliveries, also including three 4s and two 6s. Kaur has undoubtedly been a huge inclusion and a consistent/ dominant athlete.
Sydney Thunder have won four of their eight games (one match abandoned) and will play the Hobart Hurricanes in Launceston on Thursday the 5th of January.
Smriti has also been a part of every game for the Heat and has made a great impact with the bat. She hit 21 runs off 25 deliveries, including three 4s in their third game against the Scorchers but unfortunately lost.
The Heat have similarly won four out of eight games and will also next face the Hobart Hurricanes in Hobart on Sunday the 8th of January.
Both these teams have won four games and have a high chance of facing each other in the final rounds.
We are very lucky to have two brilliant Indian international superstars join the WBBL for this season. And a huge thank you to Harmanpreet and Smitri who have been so polite and cooperative when I’ve asked to take a photo of them together, a brilliant display of sportsmanship & friendship.
Internationals playing in WBBL| 02:
West Indies: Stafanie Taylor (Sydney Thunder), Deandra Ditton (Brisbane Heat), Hayley Matthews (Hobart Hurricanes)
India: Harmanpreet Kaur & Smriti Mandhana
New Zealand: Amy Satterthwaite (Hobart Hurricanes), Rachel Priest (Melbourne Renegades), Lea Tahuhu (Melbourne Renegades), Suzie Bates (Perth Scorchers), Sara Mcglashan (Sydney Sixers)
England: Charlotte Edwards (Adelaide Strikers), Heather Knight (Hobart Hurricanes), Danni Wyatt (Melbourne Renegades), Anya Shrubsole (Perth Scorchers), Katherine Brunt (Perth Scorchers)
South Africa: Dane van Niekerk (Sydney Sixers), Marizanne Kapp (Sydney Sixers)