The Hundred: Harmanpreet Kaur to play for Manchester Originals, becomes fifth Indian woman to feature in tournament

The Hundred: Harmanpreet Kaur to play for Manchester Originals, turns into fifth Indian girl to function in event

London: India’s T20I skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and teenage batting sensation Shafali Verma will probably be representing the Manchester Originals and Birmingham Phoenix respectively within the inaugural version of The Hundred within the UK beginning on 21 July.

The duo will probably be joined by opener Smriti Mandhana, all-rounder Deepti Sharma and batswoman Jemimah Rodrigues within the 100-ball event involving eight males’s and girls’s groups.

Whereas 17-year-old Verma, who’s the No 1 ranked T20 batter, joins Birmingham Phoenix as a alternative for New Zealand’s Sophie Devine, Sharma will prove for the London Spirit.

Mandhana, the Indian T20 vice-captain, is about to kind a devastating opening partnership with England’s Danni Wyatt at Southern Courageous and Rodrigues will function for Northern Superchargers.

Harmanpreet, identified for her explosive hitting energy, will star within the opening match as she joins Manchester Originals.

“It is very thrilling that I will get to play within the first-ever sport of The Hundred,” Kaur was quoted by the official web site of the event.

“It is going to be particular to make historical past, particularly with a ladies’s match at such a giant floor. We have performed in entrance of some massive crowds in India and it is all the time an excellent expertise for the gamers,” she added.

Rodrigues, Kaur, Mandhana and Sharma have been additionally part of the now-defunct Kia Tremendous League (KSL) in 2019, the England and Wales Cricket Board’s home T20 event that made manner for the Girls’s Hundred.

The Hundred, which was postponed final yr because of the COVID-19 pandemic, is scheduled to begin from 21 July with the ladies’s match between the Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals in London.

Beth Barrett-wild, Head of The Hundred ladies’s competitors, stated: “It is so good to lastly be capable to verify the involvement of a few of the superstars from the India workforce. They are a massively thrilling group of gamers and so they’ll deliver loads to the competitors.”

“I am unable to anticipate 21 July, I am unable to anticipate the entire competitors, and I am unable to anticipate followers to see these world-class gamers doing what they do greatest,” she added.

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