Indian T20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur credited coach Abhay Sharma on Saturday for the team’s considerable improvement on the pitch, saying his “small adjustments” and “one-on-one sessions” with the players are paying off.
Harmanpreet and Harleen Deol had some splendid catches in the first T20I in the rain which England won by 18 races here on Friday night.
In the penultimate final, Harmanpreet, aligned long, ended the brilliant innings of Nat Sciver by diving to put the ball a few inches from the ground.
Two balls later, Harleen ended Amy Jones’ innings, as she jumped for a superb reverse strike to the limit over her head before losing her balance.
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She threw the ball into the air as she exited the limit rope to jump back, diving forward to complete the catch.
Two balls later, Harleen landed a spectacular catch over the long limit to send Amy Jones back to the hut. – REUTERS
“When you play a team game you need a boost and it can come from any member of the team. When I took the hold it created a kind of energy in it. the team and then Harleen also took a brilliant hold. So to create that energy you have to put in the extra effort, ”Harmanpreet said at the virtual press conference.
“Throughout the game our ground lineup was good, we saved a lot of points and we also had some brilliant catches, so I think that’s a good sign that our lineup has improved a lot.”
Speaking of the defensive coach’s contribution, Harmanpreet said: “Abhay sir has been with us for a while, his little conscience makes you a better player. This is reflected in our training.
“Before, too, we were trying a lot but the little adjustments he made with our roster, the one-on-one sessions he took with the players who helped him.
“The most important point was that he judged all the players who could do better on the pitch, so we are getting results day by day because of our efforts, which is very positive.”
Sharma is in her second full series with the women’s team following the home series against South Africa in March.