Harmanpreet Kaur Wins ‘Sportswoman Of The Year (Cricket)’ Award At The Sportstar Aces Awards 2023

Harmanpreet Kaur, captain of the Indian women's cricket team, was named Sportswoman of the Year at the 2023 Sportstar Aces Awards in Mumbai.

How Harmanpreet Kaur Became the Sportswoman of the Year

Harmanpreet hit a lot of home runs in 2022. She batted 32.75 and scored 524 runs in 22 T20 Internationals. Harmanpreet led India to their sixth Women's Asia Cup championship with a victory over Sri Lanka. She also captained India to a silver medal performance at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

"I appreciate the invitation and this beautiful award from The Hindu Group and Sportstar. We have had a fantastic year, helped immensely by the BCCI's unwavering backing. We can't wait until the Women's Premier League finally begins. Harmanpreet promised, "We will keep working hard and getting support."

She also excelled in the 50-over format, with her best effort coming in the second ODI against England that month. In women's one-day internationals, she scored 143 runs without being dismissed, a record score. In this format, her total also ranks India's third-best for a single player. Harmanpreet Kaur scored five hundred in ODIs, tying her for second-most among India Women batters.

The Sportstar Aces 2023 jury included legends like Sunil Gavaskar of cricket, M. M. Somaya of hockey, Viswanathan Anand of chess, Bhaichung Bhutia of football, gold medalist Abhinav Bindra of shooting, and silver medalists Anjali Bhagwat and Aparna Popat of archery.

IDFC First Bank, Indian Oil, India Cements, United India, Ramaiah University, Experimental Science Centre GD Naidu Charity, Finolex Pipes, LIC, BPCL, Samsonite, Big Basket, Nippon Paint, CRICHQ, Wordswork, NewsX, and Casagrand were among the companies lending their names and resources to the event.

Harmanpreet Kaur's Ascent to Stardom

In a Twenty20 International match against the England women's team in Mumbai in 2010,  she demonstrated her prowess with the bat by scoring 33 runs in a lightning-fast time.

When regular captain Mithali Raj was injured during the 2012 Women's T20 Asia Cup, Kaur stepped in to lead the Indian team.

In Harmanpreet Kaur’s debut match as captain, she won the Asia Cup, thanks to her valiant effort while defending 81 runs against Pakistan.

Kaur led India for the first time as ODI captain against Bangladesh. She had a great series, finishing with an average of 97.50 after scoring two centuries, fifty runs, and two wickets.

The Indian all-rounder bowled exceptionally well against the South African women's cricket team in November 2014, leading to India's innings victory.

Kaur played a crucial role in India's triumph in the T20 series against tough opponents like Australia. She helped her team chase down a record-breaking total for a Twenty20 international match by scoring 46 runs in just 31 balls. Harmanpreet's incredible run of form did not cease in the 2016 ICC Women's World Twenty20 when she scored 89 runs and grabbed seven wickets in four games. In December 2017, Harmanpreet Kaur was named to the CC Women's T20I Team of the Year.

For the 2018 ICC Women's World Twenty20 competition in the West Indies, Harmanpreet Kaur was named captain again in October 2018. She gained widespread recognition for her exceptional acting in recent years. She made history by becoming the first woman to score a century in a Women's Twenty20 International, hitting 103 off of 51 balls in a match against New Zealand.

What are the records of Harmanpreet Kaur?
  • Played in the third-most straight Women's One-Day International matches (87).
  • Top spot for most runs scored in an inning across all hitting spots (171*). One-day internationals for women.
  • Two Women's One-Day Internationals are the sixth most in a single year.
Who is the inspiration of Harmanpreet Kaur?
Virender Sehwag served as an inspiration for Harmanpreet. Her father, now a court clerk, used to have cricket aspirations. He coached Harman for the first time when she took up the sport.
From where did Harmanpreet Kaur take cricket training?
Since her childhood, Harmanpreet has been very enthusiastic about cricket. She enrolled herself in the Gian Jyoti School Academy, 30 km away from her house in Moga, and took training under Kamaldeesh Singh Sodhi.