Deepti Sharma is an Indian all-rounder from Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh. She was spotted by India’s national women’s team selector, Hemlata Kala and initially coached by her elder brother Sumit Sharma. She is second highest run scorer in the Women’s cricket with the 188 runs she scored against Sri Lanka. In that match, she also set another record with her partner, Punam Raut, for the highest partnership in either men’s or the women’s cricket, as they staged 320-run stand. Moreover, Deepti is the youngest Indian women cricketer to scalp 5 or more wickets in an ODI.

7NameDeepti Bhagwan Sharma
RoleAll-Rounder
BattingLeft-handed
BowlingRight-arm Off Spin
HometownSaharanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Height5ft 5in (1.65 m)
Age21 years (24 August 1997)
International Runs (ODI, T20)(1280, 95)
International Wickets (ODI, T20)(49, 18)
Major Teams Featured ForIndia A Women, India Green Women,India Women

 

Biography

Early Days

Deepti Sharma was born in the Uttar Pradesh’s town of Saharanpur. When she was born, she had 7 siblings. Deepti’s father, Bhagwan Sharma was a chief booking supervisor at the Indian Railways.

Deepti’s first acquaintance with cricket by her elder brother, Sumit Sharma. Sumit started playing cricket from an early age. He was so passionate about the sport that he would go on to represent his native state in Nayudu Trophy.

Eventually, Sumit’s passion started to rub off on Deepti. She was one of the happiest persons in the world when Deepti saw his new cricket kit.

She was not only excited but also proud of the fact that Sumit played cricket. Deepti would fight with her father, to let her brother play cricket full-time.

At the age of 9-years, Deepti had accompanied Sumit on one of his net practices. Everything was to change at the Eklavya Sports Stadium, where the practices would happen. As Sharma was engrossingly watching her brother play it out on the field, at one point the ball rolled towards her. Deepti, unwittingly, threw the ball back towards the bowler. Instead, the spheroid zoomed and smashed into the stumps. It was a commendable effort and the players, including Sumit, applauded in appreciation.

A senior coach, Hemlata Kala, who was incidentally present at the stadium, watched all this happen in silence.

“Who is the girl in the boy-cut hairdo?” she asked Sumit. When he informed who she was, Kala, who was a national selector at that time, said, “This kid will represent India one day.”  Years later, her prophecy turned out to be true.

International Call-up

Deepti Sharma made her ODI International debut in 2014 against South Africa in Bengaluru. The match was part of the ICC Women’s Championship. Deepti had a forgetful first inning.

She had come in as a No. 3 and got run-out after scoring just 1 run by T Chetty. A 17-year-old Sharma, however, did the talking with her ball in the second innings. She took two crucial wickets of captain Mignon Preez and Nadine Moodley who had built a solid partnership, scoring 46 and 54 respectively in the process.

Although India lost the match by 4 wickets, it was a big statement from the youngster to dismiss two well-set batswomen. She ended with a figure of 2/35 in an impressive debut. Over the years that followed, she became an important part of the team and contributed with both the bat as well as the ball. In her third ODI itself, she had a taken 6 wickets for 20 runs against Sri Lanka, becoming the youngest Indian Women cricketer to achieve the 5-wicket feat.

On her T20 debut that came two years later against Australia in 2016, she returned with figures of 1/19 at an economy rate of 4.75 runs.

The Historic 320-run Partnership with Punam Raut

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Sharma and Raut (Credit myKhel)

The date was 15 May 2017. The cricketing nation’s gaze was fixated on the richest cricketing league, IPL’s qualifiers, history was being created in a foreign land. Soon, word spread and in no time Twitter was trending with the topic. Deepti Sharma and Punam Raut had just created history by scoring a record-breaking 320-run partnership in under 45 overs – the most by any cricket pair, both men or women.

Deepti had scored the highest score of 188-runs in that match in South Africa as the pair slaughtered any bowler that came their way. Sharma hit an incredible 27 fours, enough to complete a century, in her blaster innings and needed just 160 balls to score 188.

However, neither of the two knew about their feat until they read about the record in a Whatsapp group in a cooling session post-match.

ICC Women’s World Cup 2017

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Deepti Sharma (Credit The Week)

Deepti had one of her best performances in the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2017, where she was one of the best all-rounders in the competition. She started the competition with the best bowling figures of 3/47 in India’s thumping win over England. She backed it up by claiming the first and the last wicket in another win against West Indies.

Tn the third match against Pakistan, she posted 28 runs before again clinching two wickets and helping India register an easy win over their arch-rivals.

Although she was impressive throughout the group stage, her best performance was to come in the final stages of the competition. In the semifinals against Australia, Sharma scored 25 runs and scalped 3 wickets for 59 runs as they won the match by 36 runs.

Playing style

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Deepti Sharma (Credit Livemint)

Deepti Sharma is a rising all-rounder and one of the best in the business. A useful spinner, Deepti is especially noted for her high-level of maturity, which is ironic considering she is the youngest in the national squad. She plays an aggressive brand of batting and is a pretty impressive cog at No. 3 in India’s batting order.

Famous Quote

“I am a big fan of Suresh Raina and want to master his inside-out six”, told Deepti Sharma in an exclusive interview to ESPN.

Family

Deepti Sharma was born on 24th August 1997 to Bhagwan Sharma and Sushilaa Sharma in the Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh. Bhagwan Sharma was a chief booking supervisor at the Indian Railways. She had seven siblings of which her elder brother, Sumit Sharma went on to be her first coach.

Net Worth

Deepti Sharma is categorized as a grade B player according to BCCI’s latest central contract system. As a result, Bish earns Rs 30 lakhs per annum for featuring in the Indian national side. Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jhulan Goswami, and Mithali Raj, who are all grade A players, bag Rs 50 lakh per annum.

Achievements

2017 ICC Women’s World Cup Runner-Up

Jagmohan Dalmiya Award

Batting and Fielding Statistics

MatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100504s6sCtSt
ODIs 42377128018842.66198564.481914810110
T20Is 1992953213.5710590.470011050

Bowling Statistics

MatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10
ODIs424220731318496/206/2026.893.8142.3110
T20Is1919374374182/162/1620.776.0020.7000

 

Monish Gadiya is a Pune-based sports author at KreedOn. He is a thorough tech-enthusiast and believes innovation is the answer to the problems prevalent in the society. Monish graduated from University of Pune with a degree in civil engineering before pursuing a post-graduate diploma course in creative writing and intellectual property rights. A die-hard football fan, he has represented his college at various football competitions.

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