WBBL08: Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur will return to the Melbourne Renegades for the 8th season of Women’s Big Bash League. Last year’s Player of the Tournament, Kaur, will be seen reclaiming her number 4th position with the Renegades. This world-class player will mean to dominate the season just like the last year where she secured 3 half centuries smashing up a total of 406 runs and 15 wickets.
In Jess Duffin’s absence, Kaur will have a massive responsibility to shoulder at the 4th position. Renegades will want to ensure that former Australian batter, Duffin’s, absence is felt as less as possible especially in the middle overs. Duffin is trying to juggle her Big Bash and AFLW career’s together and with her new signing for Hawthorn the player will be seen missing on her Big Bash League that runs parallel to AFLW. Although she desires to play the WBBL, she has to lose her chance this year.
“I’m excited to be coming back to the Renegades” – Harmanpreet Kaur returns to WBBL08
While Harmanpreet Kaur is one of the most prolific batters of the WBBL, she has now proven to be the first overseas player to be confirmed by the club.
“I’m excited to be coming back to the Renegades,” Harmanpreet Kaur said. “I really enjoyed being part of the team environment last season and feel like that helped me produce some of my best cricket. Personally, I just wanted to play my role for the team and it was pleasing to be able to do that. We supported each other as a team last year and were able to get some good results, but we still have plenty of room to improve. Hopefully we can do that, make the finals again and put ourselves in a position to compete for the title.”
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James Rosengarten, Melbourne Renegade’s general Manager, spoke of Kaur’s expertise saying that her leadership skills will be a huge asset to the team.
“Harmanpreet is one of the best players in the world, her record speaks for itself. She was outstanding for us last season and was a match-winner on multiple occasions, having a prolific impact across the tournament with both bat and ball. As an experienced player, Harmanpreet’s leadership and calm approach under pressure was a huge asset for our team. She was a great fit both on and off the field and really bought into our team environment,” he stated.
WBBL08 Squad (so far): Sophie Molineux (C), Josie Dooley, Ellie Falconer, Harmanpreet Kaur, Carly Leeson, Rhiann O’Donnell, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham, Courtney Webb