New Delhi: In one of the most stunning and jaw-dropping moment in the history of women’s cricketing world, India’s Harleen Deol displayed the most sensational catches to dismiss England’s Amy Jones during the 1st T20I at Northampton. Jones was batting on 43 when in the 19th over, off the bowling of Shikha Pandey, she chipped down the pitch hoping to clear the in-field.
The shot was well-timed and it seemed as if the ball would carry over the ropes. But between her and her plans was Deol, who positioned at long-off. As the ball leaped towards her, Deol timed her jump perfectly catching the ball safely, but the momentum took over her over the ropes. An alert Deol realized it and threw the ball back in, but before the ball could kiss the ground, Deol jumped back in the nick of time and dove full stretched to complete the catch.
It was such a breath-taking effort that one of the England players from the dug-out could not stop herself from clapping at Harleen, a gesture that the camera captured. After completing the catch, an ecstatic Harleen threw the ball in the air as the rest of her teammates rushed to celebrate the wicket and her phenomenal effort. The on-air commentators were equally spell bound and couldn’t help but marvel at what had just transpired.
*Excerpts from Hindustan Times