Date of Birth24-08-1997
Place of BirthSaharanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Batting StyleLeft-hand Bat
Star all-rounder of Indian Women’s Cricket, Deepti Sharma, made her ODI debut on 28th November 2014 against South Africa. On May 15, 2017, along with Punam Raut, she made a world record opening partnership of 320 runs, contributing 188 runs, the second highest score in Women’s ODIs.
Sharma’s best bowling figure is 6-20 which she claimed against Sri Lanka at Ranchi. She was a part of the Indian team which reached the finals of the 2017 Women’s World Cup. In 2017, She became the highest scorer in all format in a calendar year.
Many people remember Deepti Sharma for her match-winning 188 against Ireland in the year 2017 and her 320-run association with Punam Raut. And a few more people would remember her for the horrible running between the wickets in the semi-finals of the 2017 World Cup match against Australia which almost costed the wicket of Harmanpreet Kaur. There is more to Sharma and since the past two years, she has almost made the allrounder spot her own.
Youngest of the seven siblings Sharma started to fall into love with cricket at the tender age of nine. She would often attend cricketing sessions with of her brother in Uttar Pradesh and started practising with the boys. In the same practice session, one-day Hemlata Kala former cricketer and the then chairperson of BCCI’s women’s selection panel spotted her. Sharma was casually playing with her brother and boys that day, but Kala was watching it and was impressed with whatever little she saw of Sharma.
Kala was instrumental in Sharma getting to play at nets in Railways camps at Delhi and Allahabad. Her passion at the age of just 15 and allround impressed one and all. One such admirer of Sharma, Rita Dey former India cricketer and selector, became a mentor to Sharma in her teenage days.
Her consistent performances in the domestic circuit eventually helped her make to the senior team. Sharma’s off-spin has given the team an extra dimension and her economical bowling has helped the other attacking spinners in the Indian team to bowl with freedom. Her exploits with the bat and bowl earned her a contract for Western Storm in the Women’s Cricket Super League in the year 2019. She scored her runs briskly coming in at six and provided vital breakthroughs which helped Storm win the title in the last edition of WCSL. Her role as a finisher in the Storm side made her the designated finisher of the Indian team as well.
- July 8, 2020
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- June 28, 2020
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- June 13, 2020
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