Harleen Kaur Deol Biography: The Indian women team’s tour to England saw how the youngsters from both the teams are quickly and firmly cementing their places in the respective teams. While the England side had more experienced players, the Indian side had at least two-three players who merely had a handful of experience in either the longest format of the game or the white-ball format.
And one of them was a Punjab-born batter Harleen Kaur Deol. The 23-year-old took the internet by storm following a sensational catch during the first T20I match between Indian women and England women. While she was a buzz all over the internet, the game pundits and people from all runs of a life heaped praise on her breath-taking catch.
Even the ones who don’t usually follow women’s cricket were hooked to their televisions on that particular day after she made the headline.
Here, we look into the biography of the young sensation Harleen Kaur Deol, who took one of the best catches in recent times among both men and women cricket:
Harleen Deol Age and hometown:
Harleen Deol’s age is currently 23 years as she was born on June 21, 1998. She hails from Chandigarh (in Punjab) and represents Himachal Pradesh in the domestic circuit of women’s cricket in India. She is a right-handed batter and bowls part-time right-arm leg-spin as well.
Harleen first made her debut for the national team on February 22, 2019, during the ODI series against England women at home. Within a span of two weeks, she made her T20I debut against the same side o March 4, 2019. So far, Harleen has played 11 T20I matches for India and just one ODI (her debut) to date. Her highest score in the T20I format is 52, and her contribution with the ball can’t be undermined as she has scalped half a dozen of wickets in nine innings.
Harleen Deol Catch:
The first T20I match between England W and India W was hit by rain, which subsequently saw the hosts win via the Duckworth Lewis method. England women set a target of 178 runs for the visitors as Natalie Sciver and Amy Jones scored 55 and 43 runs respectively. They led the charge with full control against the attacking Indian women bowling lineup.
England women were in full command of their innings that saw them posting a stiff target in a soggy pitch. For visitors, Shikha Pandey was the standout performer with a 3/22 spell in India’s bowling.
However, Harleen Deol still stole the limelight with a terrific catch at the boundary in the 19th over. She took one of the most difficult catches which even men cricketers can’t easily pull off during the matches.
Amy Jones hit the ball the boundary on what was a six, but Harleen first stopped the ball from going into the boundary, followed by a brilliant catch. Firstly, she jumped to take the catch at the boundary line, for that she bent her body back. Then she took the catch and tossed it into the air before gathering herself into a comfortable position and then take the ball into her hands. It was indeed a delightful watch that saw her gaining praises from every cricket and even non-cricket fans.
Watch Harleen Deol Catch here:
Harleen Deol’s catch was the talk of the town for the whole weekend as it was the first time in a while that a woman cricketer promoted women’s cricket with the quality of her skills.