Bengaluru, February 10: As the Indian women’s cricket continues to scale great heights; simultaneously the domestic cricket is producing talented cricketers as a feeder to the national team.
For the forthcoming warm-up clash against England, youngster Harleen Deol caught the attention the national selectors to be picked in the Board President’s XI squad.
Having made waves in the domestic circuit, the Himachal Pradesh all-rounder Harleen said, “Feels great! You’re almost close to the Indian team. I will need to work harder to get there.”
During the recently concluded Senior Women’s Challengers Trophy, all-rounder Harleen topped the batting charts with 119 runs (avg. 39.67) from 3 innings. “During the Challengers (Trophy), I got to interact and bat with international cricketers. They were very supportive. Feels great to see them do so well in the international level,” adds the 20-year-old.
Having born in a conservative family, Harleen’s parents, especially her mother Karanjit Kaur has been the inspiration and role model. “My mother is very positive towards life. She has been very supportive throughout my initial stages of cricket. My father (BS Deol) is always a little concerned with my studies,” stated Harleen.
Harleen began playing cricket with her brother during the early teenage years but later joined a bunch of boys in the ground in Mohali. “My brother took up medical and it was difficult for him to play with me. I continued to play with the boys in the locality.”
Apart from cricket, Harleen has represented Punjab’s junior state basketball team. “I played a few sports, been an athlete. It was cricket which I fell in love with,” asserted Harleen, who began playing at the age of nine.
Harleen spent the early days in Mohali but a family holiday to Dharamsala changed everything. “My father got transferred to Kangra (Himachal Pradesh) and I went on to see the facilities there. It was then I decided to play here.”
An off-spinner turned leggy, her coach Prakash noticed Harleen’s ability to control the ball better. “While trying out some variations in the nets, my leg-spin was working better than off-spin. Our coach Prakash sir asked me to bowl more leg-spin,” explained Harleen, a big fan of legendary Shane Warne.
“If I ever get an opportunity, I would definitely want to take some bowling tips from him.”