In the first T20I between India Women and England Women, Harleen Deol’s spectacular catch left everyone speechless. In the 19th over of the first innings, Shikha Pandey dismissed the well-set Amy Jones. Harleen Deol was standing at the long-off boundary. She jumped to stop a lofted shot by Jones but just when the momentum took her over the ropes, she threw the ball back in the nick of time. Harleen then dived back in to complete a stunning catch.
Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur lauded her teammate’s effort. Speaking at the virtual press conference, Harmanpreet said,
“When you play a team game, you need a momentum and it can come from any member of the team. When I took the catch, it created a sort of energy in the team and then Harleen also took a brilliant catch. So to create that energy, you need to take some extra effort.”
“Throughout the game, our ground fielding was good, we saved a lot of runs, and we also took some brilliant catches, so I think it is a great sign that our fielding has improved a lot,” she added.
No Way Harleen Deol, You Cannot Do That 🤯
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Individual sessions with Abhay Sharma helped our fielding: Harmanpreet Kaur
Harmanpreet also credited India’s fielding coach Abhay Sharma for the improved fielding effort. She said that the adjustments that Abhay Sharma made to their fielding, are now paying off.
“Abhay sir has been with us for quite some time, his little awareness makes you a better player. That is being reflected in our fielding. Earlier also, we used to make a lot of effort but the little adjustments that he has done with our fielding, the individual sessions that he has taken with the players that has helped.
“The most important point was he judged every player where can do better fielding, so we are getting the results day by day from the effort that we have put in, which is a great positive.”
The second of the three T20Is will take place on Sunday, July 11 at the County Ground, Hove.