Deepti Sharma Biography :
Age – 22 Years
Height – 165 cm (approx)
Weight – 55 kgs (approx)
Place of Birth – Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Father’s Name – Bhagwan Sharma
Father’s Occupation – Chief Booking Supervisor of Indian Railways
Marital Status – Unmarried
Zodiac Sign – Virgo
Net Worth – $124 Million
Indian batsman Deepti Sharma is the youngest child of former Indian Railways employee Bhagwan Sharma. Her tryst with cricket was not a pre-planned thing. In stead, it was her brother Sumit who wanted to be a cricketer. Sumit Sharma had always been very interested in the game, and wanted to dedicate all of his hours to the game.
This idea was not much supported by his family, but young Deepti always stood by her brother. She fought for her, as she was wanted Sumit to represent the nation. Sumit’s interest in cricket also meant that her little sister would also catch on the fever. Watching her brother, she too started getting interested in the sport.
However, there were no plans of being a cricketer, until one incident which happened purely by accident. Deepti always used to accompany her brother in his net practice sessions. In one such session at the Eklavya Sports Stadium, former Indian women’s cricketer Hemlata Kala was also training.
Deepti was sitting on the sidelines, watching her brother battle it out at the nets. At one time, a ball rolled towards her. On being asked the return the ball, Deepti threw the ball directly at the stumps from quite a considerable distance. This surprised many, and most notably, Hemlata Kala. She asked for her details, and a proud Sumit stepped up to reveal that she is her brother. Even though Deepti’s career hadn’t even started, Kala predicted that the talented child is destined to represent the nation.
After being hurled with praises, Deepti decided to take cricket seriously. Under the guidance of Kala, she started practicing daily. Kala’s task was easy, as Deepti was a gifted cricketer. She trained hard for a few years, and then came the D-day – the trails for Uttar Pradesh Under-19 Women’s team.
In the trails, Sharma not only scored a brilliant knock of 65 runs with the bat, but also took 3 wickets. With this, she got her ticket to the side. Since then, Sharma used to consistently perform for the Uttar Pradesh Under-19s. The team management soon realized that they are wasting her tremendous talent by keeping her tied to the junior side. At the tender age of 15, Sharma found herself rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names of women’s cricket, as she was made a part of the Uttar Pradesh senior team.
Sharma was initially a medium pacer, alongside being a good batsman. But national selector Rita Dey, who was also associated with the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association, gave her a crucial piece of advice. Dey knew at because of her short height, pace is not a thing Sharma should pursue.
Instead, she asked her to switch to spin. That she did, and there has not been any looking back since. In just 2 years’ time since being called up for the Uttar Pradesh senior team, Sharma got her national call up. She debuted in an ODI against South Africa at Bengaluru.
She could manage just 1 run with the bat, but got the crucial wickets of Nadine Moodley and Mignon du Preez. Her T20I debut came more than a year later. This time, she played an unbeaten knock of 13. She also took the wicket of Beth Mooney.
Sharma created history in May, 2017, when alongside Punam Raut, she created a partnership of 320 runs. 188 of those 320 runs came from Sharma, in just 160 deliveries. This partnership against Ireland broke the record of the highest ever stand in an ODI game, which previously belonged to Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka. She also hit 27 boundaries in the match, the most by any female cricket in an ODI. A year ago, she became the youngest Indian cricketer to take a 5-wicket haul, for her brilliant spell of 6 wickets for 20 runs against Sri Lanka. She also played brilliantly in the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup quarterfinal against South Africa.
In 54 ODIs, Sharma has scored 1417 runs at an average of almost 40. She has also picked up 64 wickets at an economy rate of less than 4 runs per over. In 43 T20Is, she has scored 307 runs at an average of over 15. In this format, she has picked up 49 wickets and has conceded runs at a brilliant economy rate of under 6 runs per over. She has one 5-wicket haul and one century under her belt.