Harmanpreet Kaur has been ruled out of the upcoming Women's Super League in England due to a shoulder injury she sustained in the nets ahead of the Women's World Cup final against England at Lord’s. Harmanpreet, who was set to represent Surrey Stars, has been advised a month's rest.
The star Indian women’s team all-rounder had batted through pain in the semi-final and final after dislocating her finger against Windies Women in India's seventh match of the tournament. But the shoulder injury ahead of the final became severe and after an MRI soon upon return to India last week confirmed a tear in her left shoulder, which forced her to rule out of the league. She has been asked to take rest for one month.
"I was in bad shape in the later stages of the World Cup but the physios got me going. It would have been great to be a part of Kia League," Harmanpreet was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
"I had a successful stint with Sydney Thunder in Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) which lifted my game and confidence. I will convey my unavailability to the franchise."
Last year, Harmanpreet became the first Indian player - male or female – to sign a contract with a foreign T20 league after the Women's Big Bash League franchise Sydney Thunder had signed her up ahead of the second season. She had a brilliant season with the franchise, scoring 296 runs and picking up six wickets in the process.
Harmanpreet was also in splendid form in the Women's World Cup, where her blistering unbeaten 171 runs against Australia in the semifinal raised an almighty stir in India. Harmanpreet was expected to join the Stars on July 29. The second edition of WSL starts on August 10 and will see six teams playing each other once in a league format.