Fran Wilson
Teammates congratulated Fran Wilson after taking the catch. ©Getty Images

Though it is not new to see stunning catches taken by the fielders in Men’s Cricket, Women’s Cricket are not far behind. Be it a flying catch by India T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur, the star batter Jemimah Rodrigues from India or Australia vice-captain Rachel Haynes. Every team has strengthened their fielding ability and the 2017 World Cup winning Team England is no different. Their star player Fran Wilson has pulled off a stunner.

Currently, England are playing a series with West Indies which included three One Day Internationals and as many Twenty20 Internationals. However, England whitewashed West Indies in the three-match ODI series. In a rain-affected third ODI at Chelmsford, England were put into bat first where they put up a total of 258 on the back of Amy Jones’ stable 80, Sarah Taylor’s quickfire 70 and captain Heather Knight’s blistering 19-ball 40*.

While chasing, West Indies needed a flying start but England had some other plans. After hitting Kate Cross for a maximum in the penultimate ball of the second over, West Indies opener Hayley Matthews tried to score through the cover and the ball was between the two fielders at point and cover. But Fran Wilson jumped fully to her left at the cover and took the catch in mid-air, leaving everyone in utter shock. Even the Side-on replays showed Wilson got her both hands in that stunning catch.

Later, England registered a whopping 135-run win over West Indies and became the first team to qualify for the 2021 World Cup. We have already seen England’s Ben Stokes and West Indies’ Sheldon Cottrell have taken two brilliant catches in the ongoing World Cup. Wilson’s catch is no less than those.

Even her catch was being compared to the men’s catches as well. “That is as good as you’ll ever see,” commented the commentator. The 27-year-old who was playing her first match of the series has already shown what she is capable of doing.

Her catch impressed her captain Heather Knight as well. “That’s ridiculous. It has to go up as one of the best catches I’ve ever seen live. I can’t wait to see the highlights,” said Knight on Fran Wilson’s catch. Though it was not new for Fran Wilson. She has done it before as well.

As her amazing outrageous diving catch is in news, Isabelle Westbury wrote in the Telegraph, “Debate the Sheldon Cottrell versus Ben Stokes grabs if you must but if it’s ‘inspiring a generation’ you want, the clip of Wilson flying horizontally through the air should be played on permanent loop for the next decade.”

Her catch earned a lot of praises from all around the world.

Both the teams will play a three-match T20I series, starting from June 18 at County Ground, Northampton.