India women’s T20I team captain Harmanpreet Kaur has credited the efforts out in by fielding coach Abhay Sharma, for Harleen Deol’s amazing catch at the boundary in the first T20I between India women and England women’s team on Friday.
In the penultimate over of the England innings, who batted first in the match, Harleen Deol took a stunner at the boundary, first jumping high to take a superb reverse-cupped catch at the boundary above her head before losing her balance.
She threw the ball in the air as she stepped out of the boundary rope only to jump back in, diving forward to complete the catch and end Amy Jones’ dangerous-looking innings. Her efforts were applauded by many including India Women ODI skipper Mithali Raj and batting great Sachin Tendulkar.
Abhay Sir Has Been With Us For Quite Sometime, His Little Awareness Makes You A Better Player: Harmanpreet Kaur
Not only Harleen, but Harmanpreet herself was a livewire on the field and took a brilliant diving catch. While talking about the fielding efforts after the match, Harmanpreet credited fielding coach Abhay Sharma for the team’s considerable improvement in fielding, saying his “little adjustments” and “individual sessions” with the players are paying rich dividends.
“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,” Harmanpreet said during the virtual press conference.
She further credited coach Abhay Sharma and said: “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.”
Unfortunately for India, the match was marred by rain and eventually they lost it by 18 runs via DLS method.