Deepti Sharma: All-around and exceptional spinner of the Indian women’s cricket team

From cricket ravines to the World Cup, cricket fans in India follow the game religiously, and all matches are taken very seriously. Almost like a festival all year round, cricket is a unifying feeling among citizens. As a result, male cricketers have become very influential when it comes to youngsters, and they are all highly revered.

On the other hand, as in any other professional field, there is gender inequality in this sport. While men’s cricket is highly regarded, women’s cricket is dismissed by most as unworthy of viewing. Guided by this belief, most of us are unaware of the many records broken by exceptional cricketers in the Indian women’s cricket team.

Deepti Sharma, a professional cricketer representing the Indian national women’s cricket team, is a multi-colored player who is outstanding in the sport. She is a left-handed batswoman and a right-handed off-spinner, who is ranked 4thth currently.

Born in 1997, Deepti Sharma comes from Agra. At the young age of nine, she developed an interest in the game and knew how to harass her father and brother to take her to the country to watch online trainings or other games. But her sporting journey began when she was asked to return the ball to play, during her brother’s training session with the net.

In her own words, “As I played in the first match, until the last game we played, I think my performances were decent. The outings of the team were inconsistent, yes, because we lost consecutive games and then we suddenly came back. I think my performance was good in all three departments and I would like to continue in a similar way in the next few games

Thrown from a distance of 50 meters, the ball hit the stumps directly, and was noticed by the then selector of the Indian women’s national team Hemlata Kala. This confession of the former cricket player ignited a spark in Deepti that the stands were rejected on the field. Furthermore, Kala ensured that Deepti Sharma gets the right exposure, and made her practice in the networks at the railway camps in Delhi and Allahabad. The talented teenager caught the eye of Rita Dey, a former Indian thug and coach, who decided to mentor a all-rounder.

Although she gained enough experience in her mid-teens, Deepti has always been neglected and neglected in national selections. Once a mid-tempo bowler, she had to go off-spin as recommended by her mentors and several menus. This transition was not an easy feat, but she mastered art with her hard work and dedication.

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At 17, Deepti Sharma made her international debut in 2014 at Chinaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, playing against South Africa. Although the team lost, Deepti recorded the second best bowling figures for the country. Together with Poonam Raut, the duo achieved a record partnership in the opening of 320 runs, which was the first partnership in the history of women’s ODI cricket that exceeded 300. This also broke the previous men’s record of 286 at the time. This performance secured her a place in the national team.

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Two years later she played her first T20 match in Sydney and in the same year she recorded her best ODI bowling figures when India played against Sri Lanka. Deepti Sharma was the youngest player to be part of the Indian women’s national team playing in England at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017

Shortly afterwards, in 2018, Deepti Sharma was honored Jagmohan Dalmiya Award for The best home cricket for seniors by the BCCI. International recognition began to arrive shortly after she was selected to play for various leagues in the years that followed. Deepti was chosen to play for the team Western storm in Kia Super Leaguesemi-professional woman Twenty-20 a cricket competition in England and Wales which he manages England and Wales Cricket Board.

Deepti Sharma speaks loudly about the need for a woman Indian Premier League. Launched in 2008, IPL currently has its 15thth season and all these years, not once has there been any recognition of plans to include women in the league. Indian cricketers break glass ceilings not only by winning tournaments, but also by being part of international leagues

She also chose her The spirit of London play in the inauguration season About a hundred, a professional 100-ball cricket franchise tournament involving eight men’s and women’s teams located in major cities across England and Wales. The Women’s Big Bash League is a native Australian female Twenty-20 cricket competition, and in 2021 Deepti Sharma played for the team Sydney Thunder. Since appearing in this tournament for the first time, she has had an impressive outing.

In her own wordsAs I played in the first match, until the last game we played, I think my performances were decent. The outings of the team were inconsistent, yes, because we lost consecutive games and then we suddenly came back. I think my performance was good in all three departments and I would like to continue in a similar way in the next few games. ”

She also debuted in a test in June 2021 against England. Earlier this year, she was included in the team for 2022 World Women’s Cricket Cup in New Zealand. Deepti Sharma is considered “possibility of bank turnaround”Because she recorded the highest score for India in the ODI.

Despite receiving many laurels, some of which are listed above, Deepti Sharma chose to stay away from the spotlight. Hemlata Kala, talking about the player, once He saidDeepti was phenomenal with her consistency. I would rate her as the best universal player in the world. She consciously tried to stay away from social media and just kept training hard. That’s why she managed to maintain her consistency. ”

Deepti Sharma speaks loudly about the need for a woman Indian Premier League. Launched in 2008, IPL currently has its 15thth season and all these years, not once has there been any recognition of plans to include women in the league. Indian cricketers broke glass ceilings not only by winning tournaments but also participating in international leagues.

As someone who broke and set new records, Deepti Sharma expresses the need for an equivalent IPL for women, “Yes, that (female IPL) should definitely happen. Because there are so many leagues out there like Big Bash and The Hundred. The (Kia) Super League was also held earlier. All of these leagues provide a much-needed platform for girls. We get more matches to help us prepare better,”.

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