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When Tendulkar Helped Harmanpreet Kaur Get a Job

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: July 22, 2017, 10:33 AM IST
When Tendulkar Helped Harmanpreet Kaur Get a Job

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Harmanpreet Kaur might well be a famous name now, thanks to her magnificent innings of 171 which helped the Indian team to reach the ICC Women's World Cup final.

But before this, the star cricketer was helped by another superstar himself - Sachin Tendulkar - in getting a job in Western Railways.

Former India player Diana Edulji who spotted Harmanpreet told Indian Express that when she spotted the Punjab cricketer, she wanted her to move to Mumbai to hone her skills.

However, Harmanpreet had already landed a job in the Northern Railways and only if she was offered a higher position, would she move to Mumbai.

"She was getting a junior class in Northern Railway. I offered her a chief office superintendent post. Her application was later sent to Delhi, but was rejected by the president.” Edulji said.

That's when Edulji requested Tendulkar, who was a Rajya Sabha MP to write to the Railways ministry.

It was with Tendulkar's letter that the Railways finally relented, and Harmanpreet moved to Mumbai.

Now, Harmanpreet has become a big name herself and her scintillating innings is what everyone in the world of cricket is talking about.

The fact that Australia were the defending champions and are by far the biggest force in the women's game, having won the World Cup six times makes the innings all the more special.

"It was important for us to get runs on the board because Australia are a tough team to beat. Once I started hitting, the entire team got confidence and we managed to beat Australia," Harmanpreet said while talking to CNN-News18.

As a result of that mammoth effort, India have now reached the final of the Women's World Cup only for the second time and will have a chance to create history when they take on hosts England in the summit clash.

"It was our dream to reach the final of the World Cup and now we hope that we can go one step further and win the Cup. The team is getting ready for the final and we are not taking anything lightly," Harmanpreet added.
First Published: July 22, 2017, 10:33 AM IST

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