Harmanpreet Kaur is widely regarded as one of the most talented and accomplished players in women's cricket. She is known for her explosive batting, powerful hitting, and handy off-spin bowling. She made her international debut in 2009 and has since become a vital member of the Indian women's cricket team.
She has represented India in One Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). She gained worldwide recognition for her breathtaking innings during the 2017 ICC Women's T20 World Cup semifinal against Australia.
She scored an unbeaten 171 runs off just 115 balls, propelling India to the final and etching her name in cricket history. The top bookmakers in India have cricket odds with them.
However, there have been some dark spots in her career as her name was involved in some controversies. Here is a list of controversies which Harmanpreet has been a part of:
1) Spirit of Cricket controversy
The Spirit of Cricket is a fundamental aspect of the sport, promoting fair play, respect, and integrity among players and teams. It encourages players to uphold the values of the game and show respect towards opponents, umpires, and fans. Deepti Sharma ran out Charlie Dean at the non-striker's end during the third ODI between India and England at the Lord’s. Dean had left her crease before the ball was bowled, which is a legal dismissal under the Laws of Cricket. However, a lot of discussions erupted regarding the spirit of cricket and Harmanpreet supported her teammate openly. For the same reason, Harmanpreet was criticised for her support for Deepti in international media.
2) Controversy with Mithali Raj's exclusion from playing 11
One of the notable controversies occurred during the 2018 ICC Women's World T20 held in the West Indies. Ahead of the semifinal match against England, Mithali Raj was surprisingly left out of the playing 11. This decision sparked widespread discussions and debates within the cricketing community and among fans. For her exclusion, Mithali vented out her anger on the coach Ramesh Powar. During her absence, Harmanpreet led the side during the world cup and became a part of the discussion.
3) Harman wrote in favour of Powar and against Mithali
After reaching the semi-final in the 2018 ICC Women’s World Cup, team India lost the match and then skipper Mithali Raj launched a complaint against the coach and wanted her nowhere near the team. However, Harmanpreet Kaur and Mithali‘s vice-captain, Smriti Mandhana, wrote in favour of the coach publicly. Late on, Harman went on to clarify herself while speaking to Harsha Bhogle and said positive words about Mithali Raj and her experience in international cricket.
4) Degree called fake, demoted from DSP’s rank in Punjab Police
In March 2018, Harmanpreet Kaur was appointed as a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in Punjab Police on the basis of her sporting credentials. However, in July 2018, it was revealed that her graduation degree from Chaudhary Charan Singh University (CCSU), Meerut, was fake. The Punjab Police then demoted her to the rank of constable. Harmanpreet Kaur denied the allegations, saying that she had completed her graduation degree from CCSU, Meerut. However, she was unable to provide any evidence to support her claim. Harmanpreet Kaur has not yet submitted a valid degree. As a result, she is still a constable in the Punjab Police. It is unclear what will happen to her future in the police force.
5) Breaking the stumps and slamming the umpires
In the third ODI between India and Bangladesh women's cricket teams in Dhaka on July 22, 2023, Harmanpreet Kaur smashed the stumps with her bat after being given out and then slammed the umpires and the organizers in the post-match presentation ceremony. Kaur was given out lbw off a delivery from Nahida Akter, but she was convinced that the ball had hit her gloves. She expressed her frustration by smashing the stumps with her bat and then had a heated argument with umpire Tanvir Ahmed. In the post-match presentation ceremony, Kaur said that she was “disappointed” with the umpiring and that she felt that the Bangladesh team had been given preferential treatment. She also criticized the organizers for the poor quality of the pitch.