Deepti Sharma’s Indian record went unnoticed

Bipin Dani
Observer Correspondent

Mumbai—Last week an Indian woman player equaled the India record, which went unnoticed in ODI,
“Deepti Sharma took six wickets against Sri Lanka in the ODI played at Ranchi on February 19. No other Indian woman player, except Mamtha Maaben, has taken 6 wickets in ODIs’. Maben did so against the same opponent Sri Lanka at Kandy in 2004″, Bharath Seervi, the cricket statistician at ESPN cricinfo says exclusveily.
The 18-year-old UP’s off-break bowler Deepti Sharma was also instrumental in India’s success (2 wickets) in the T20 against Sri Lanka on Monday.
“Deepti’s dedication at work won her the Woman of the Match awards in her last two ODIs’’, says her mentor Reeta Dey from Kanpur.
“There is a story how Deepti started taking interest in the game. Her brother, Sumeet Sharma, who also played U-16 and U-19 in School at National Level, was playing when Deepti came to watch his game.
The ball came to him and she threw it directly at stumps. Hemlata Kala, another Indian woman player, was practicing nearby and she saw the talent in this girl and persuaded her to be the cricketer”, Rita Dey says.
“She started coming to the ground with her bother, whose cricket was being keenly followed by Deepti. The success story began from there and has since then never looked back”, adds Reeta Dey.
“I was a chair person at the UPCA selection committee and my colleague P. N. Singh Rana and we decided to groom her”.
“She (Deepti) is a very shy person. She hardly speaks to the strangers. I keep her motivated every day. There is no single day when I have not spoken to her”, Dey adds.
“She doesn’t like to watch movies. She is a devotee of Lord Hanuman. Always spends 20 minutes in her prayers. She is fond of cooking. Preparing Poha in breakfast is her specialty”, Dey added.

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