Well, not every cricketer you see has the ability to motor on and drop anchor as the situation calls for. Yet, there are a rare few individuals in the sport who deliver for the team when needed and lay a foundation to a big score.
One such is Harleen Deol, the reserved all-rounder of the Indian women’s team. Be it hitting boundaries or bowling off-spin, only a few all-rounders of high status like Harleen’s have glorified the game of cricket by means of expertise.
Like most kids in the neighbourhood, little Harleen had always evinced a great deal of interest in sports. One of the most promising all-rounders of India, Harleen started her cricketing career at the age of eight years. She started playing with her brother but after her brother went for higher studies, she became the only girl among boys.
“It is a great feeling to be able to represent your country. I cannot describe the amount of happiness that I saw on the face of my parents. It cannot be put into words. Those big sacrifices that our parents make seem to pay off now,” she says, in an exclusive interview with The Bridge.
When asked how she copes with the growing pressure on the field, Harleen says, “There is no pressure. Initially, I would be very nervous while stepping on the field. But now I’ve come to believe that pressure is all in the mind. It is all how you choose to overcome the pressure.”