Arjuna Award Winner Deepti Sharma was born in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, on 24 August 1997. She is an international cricketer playing for the Indian women’s cricket team. In fact, today (24th August) is the birthday of India’s hard working female all-rounder. She turned 23 years old on today. She is a left-handed batting all-rounder; who also bowls right-arm off-spin bowling in middle overs. Deepti ranks at a 4th spot in the ICC Cricket Rankings of all-rounders. However, she is also the 3rd highest scorer in a single game of ODI (188 runs) by a woman cricketer.
Deepti is the youngest girl in her family. Her father became retired chief reservation supervisor in Indian Railways.
However, at an early age of 9 years she showed an interest in the cricket game. Also, at the initial stage Deepti takes coaching from her brother Sumit Sharma (a former fast bowler of UP). Sumit used to take her to the ground to watch the net practices and other matches daily. One day, someone told her to throw the ball towards them during a net session at the Eklavya Sports Stadium in Agra. In fact, her brother (Sumit) and his teammates was practicing there. She throws a ball with her rapid arm which struck the stumps directly from a distance of 50 over meters. Her fortune was strong; an Indian national women’s team selector (Hemalata Kalamkar) sat in a ground spotted her rapid throw. In fact, this was the turning point in her cricketing life.
Some Remarkable Records of Deepti
- Only Indian Spinner to take 6 wickets in Women’s ODI match
- The highest individual score for India in Women’s cricket (188 Runs from 160 Balls against Ireland)
- Fastest Indian all-rounder to score 1000 runs and take 50 wickets
- Bowled 3 maiden overs in a T20 Game against South Africa
Deepti Sharma was part of the Indian team at women’s cricket World Cup (WC) 2017. However, in that WC edition the Indian team reach to the final; but India lost to England by just 9 runs. Deepti scored 216 runs in 8 matches at an average of 30.86. She also picked up 12 wickets in 9 matches of World Cup. In fact, in that WC her best bowling figures was 3 for 59 in the bowling spell of 7.1 overs against Australia.
However, just 2 days back Deepti Sharma awarded by an Arjuna Award for her on-field efforts. In response to that, she said that, it is “highly pleased” for her being recommended by the BCCI for the prestigious Arjuna Award.
Also, During India’s run in the Women’s T20 World Cup Deepti was fantastic. She had only given 17 runs in the four overs against Australia in the tournament. She delivered a standout performance in the match against Sri Lanka by taking a wicket and giving away 16 runs.
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