When the Women’s Big Bash League has begun, all Indian fans’ eyes were on two women cricketers – Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy. Harmanpreet Kaur was expected to do well, especially after her good show in Women’s World Cup last year. She has impressed in both the semis against Australia and final against England. She has knocked out Australia with a knock of 171* and cracked a fifty in the losing cause in final.
Veda was the underdog going into the Women’s Big Bash League. But she has made her presence felt with electric fielding, sharp batting and useful leg-spin bowling. Harmanpreet has flattered to deceive despite numerous opportunities. Cricwizz analyses their performance to determine who has been a better performer in WBBL.
Veda has scored 144 runs @ 18.00 with two scores of 30s. She has top-scored for her team Hobart Hurricanes on few occasions. But the results have not went in her team’s favour. In the last clash against Melbourne Renegades, Veda top-scored once again with 40 not out to help Hurricanes to a 4-run win.
Harmanpreet Kaur: The Indian cricketer has scored 107 runs @ 21.40 with a top score of 29. Harmanpreet bats in a higher spot than Veda and hence, as a premier batswoman, she should have scored more runs for her team, Sydney Thunder. But she is yet to play a match-winning knock that will justify her inclusion in the playing XI. But her team has shown faith in her so far, hoping she will come good sooner or later.
Bowling performance: Veda has taken just one wicket so far @ 51.00. She has not given much overs to make a difference. Harmanpreet has fared well than Veda with her off-break bowling, taking 3 wickets @ 14.00.
Fielding: Veda has vowed all the Women’s Big Bash League followers with her electric fielding, especially the catch she took to dismiss Beth Mooney. And Veda has edged past Harmanpreet with her sharp fielding in WBBL.
You can see the catch here in this video.
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Verdict: So far, it has been Veda who has been the star in WBBL between her and Harmanpreet. Veda has the potential to be a terrific all-rounder and has bright prospects to get selected for next year’s WBBL edition as well.