Northampton: Indian women’s team cricketer Harleen Deol won everyone’s heart with a stunning catch against England, but do you know who is behind this brilliant fielding? Let us tell you.
Harleen and Harman’s amazing
Harmanpreet Kaur, the captain of the Indian women’s T20 team, has given cricket to coach Abhay Sharma for a great improvement in the fielding of the team. He has said that the benefits of ‘individual sessions’ and ‘slight improvement’ with the players are coming. It is worth noting that in the first T20 against England, apart from Harleen Deol, Harmanpreet also took excellent catches.
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‘Superb catch by Harleen’
Harmanpreet said during the virtual press conference, ‘When you play as a team, you need a rhythm and any member of the team can do it. When I took this catch, I filled an energy in the team and then Harleen also took a great catch. That’s why you need extra effort to bring this rhythm.
Superb athleticism and a stunning catch by Harleen Deol. Cricket fielding at its very best. pic.twitter.com/nVde2PWQSF
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) July 9, 2021
‘Fielding was good’
Harmanpreet Kaur said, “Throughout the match, our fielding was very good, we saved a lot of runs and we also took some great catches so I think it is a good sign that our fielding has improved a lot.” In the 19th over, Harmanpreet, while fielding at long-on, caught the ball a few inches above the ground and ended Nate Sciver’s brilliant innings.
Happy with the way we fielded yesterday, great effort by Harleen Deol. #TeamIndia captain @ImHarmanpreet on @imharleenDeol‘s splendid catch and the side’s fine fielding effort in the 1st WT20I against England. #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/05rLiYdddN
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) July 10, 2021
Sachin- Mithali praise Harleen
After just 2 balls, Harleen ended Amy Jones’ innings, she jumped to the boundary and took a ‘reverse cup’ catch over the head and then fell off the balance, but she threw the ball in the air and then jumped inside the boundary again. Caught the ball. One-day captain Mithali Raj and batting great Sachin Tendulkar praised Harleen for this catch, the video of which has since gone viral.
It’s a pleasure to work with young cricketers & you as role model for generations to follow. I Must confess, girls r putting a lot’s of effort, Credit to u guys. https://t.co/JDpw1aLS5D
— Abhay Sharma (@Im_AbhaySharma) July 10, 2021
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 10, 2021
‘Abhay sir improved our fielding’
Talking about the contribution of fielding coach Abhay Sharma, Harmanpreet said, ‘Abhay sir has been with us for some time now and his knowledge makes you a better player and this was reflected in our fielding. Earlier also we used to try a lot but he changed our fielding a bit and did individual sessions with the players which helped us.
Abhay Sharma (file photo)