Harmanpreet credits coach Abhay Sharma after Harleen’s stunning catch


Indian ladies’s T20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur on Saturday credited coach Abhay Sharma for the group’s appreciable enchancment in fielding, saying his “little adjustments” and “individual sessions” with the gamers are paying wealthy dividends.

Harmanpreet and Harleen Deol pulled off splendid catches within the rain-hit first T20I which England received by 18 runs right here on Friday evening.

“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,” Harmanpreet mentioned throughout the digital press convention.

“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.”

In the penultimate over, Harmanpreet, fielding at lengthy on, put an finish to Nat Sciver’s good innings by diving to pouch the ball inches over the bottom.

Two balls later, Harleen put an finish to Amy Jones’ innings, as she jumped to take an outstanding reverse-cupped catch on the boundary above her head earlier than dropping her stability.

She threw the ball within the air as she stepped out of the boundary rope solely to leap again in, diving ahead to finish the catch.

ODI skipper Mithali Raj and batting nice Sachin Tendulkar lauded the stunning effort put by Harleen throughout the catch, the video of which has gone viral since.

Talking in regards to the contribution of the fielding coach, Harmanpreet mentioned: “Abhay sir has been with us for fairly someday, his little consciousness makes you a greater participant. That is being refleted in our fielding.

“Earlier additionally, we used to make a variety of effort however the little changes that he has accomplished with our fielding, the person classes that he has taken with the gamers 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.”

Sharma is into his second full collection with the ladies’s group following the house collection towards South Africa in March.

India, nevertheless, have misplaced one more match, taking place by 18 runs within the first T20I.

Asked what could be the strategy within the subsequent two T20Is, she mentioned: “We always play to win, unfortunately we lost a few wickets… so approach will be the same. The wicket is good to bat on, so if we bat first we can score 10-15 runs extra, but next two games approach will remain the same.”

Veteran pacer Shikha Pandey (3/22) was probably the most profitable bowler for India on a day after they have been let down by the spinners on the Country floor right here.

“Shikha is probably the most skilled bowler for us. She has at all times delivered for us and she or he is having fun with her bowling.

“About spin bowling, when you play on flat tracks, one or two bowlers go for run, so we need to cut down on that.”

Asked what kind of recommendation she has given to leggie Poonam Yadav, who’s slower within the air in comparison with different spinners, Harmanpreet mentioned: “Poonam is a wickettaking bowler and for us it’s important she backs her energy.

“If others are getting benefit from bowling in a specific approach, it could not work for her. Her energy is to loop the bowl, and maintain it within the air, so if she tries quicker ones, to beat them with tempo, it doesn’t assist.

“…it is a positive thing that other teams are working on our bowlers, but my advice has always been to stick to your strength.”

Talking in regards to the ongoing battle between opener Shafali Verma and pacer Katherine Burnt, Harmanpreet mentioned: “Shafali is very positive, she stays in the moment, she reacts what comes before her, she is young and it is a positive sign that our players are dominating the other teams.”


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