Indian Harleen Deol left social media stunned by the superb catch she managed to sideline Amy Jones in the first T20I against England on Friday in Northampton. While some greats in the game have already praised the youngster, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to social media and praised her exceptional efforts.
The video of Harleen’s take was shared on the Indian government’s Instagram profile, which has already gone viral, garnering more than 700,000 views in 24 hours. On Saturday, PM Modi shared the screenshot of the post as his Insta story with a caption, “Phenomenal! Well done @ deol.harleen304. “
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Sharing the video on social media, the Indian government wrote: “YOU ABSOLUTELY CAN’T MISS THIS! Harleen Deol of India made one of the most astonishing catches in women’s cricket history to sideline England’s Amy Jones in the 1st T20I at Northampton. Bow down! “
Former Indian all-rounder Suresh Raina also shared the video on Twitter and appreciated Harleen’s heroism. He wrote: “This is great, what a great take @imharleenDeol. Well done, the country is so proud of you! Continue to shine and inspire others #INDvENG. “
The 23 year old Punjab cricketer responded to Raina’s tweet and said: “Thank you very much @ImRaina sir .. you were my inspiration to reach higher levels in the field when I was younger … thank you”.
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The Indian Eves may have lost the opening T20I to the hosts by 18 points, but Harleen’s act is garnering high praise on social media. The incident occurred in the 19th in the English round when Amy Jones attempted to clear the fence from Shikha Pandey’s delivery. Posted at the start, Harleen jumped up and tried to hang on. But she realized she was stepping out of the line. Immediately she tossed the ball into the air then came back inside the line to complete the catch in the air.