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Deepti Sharma

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NameDeepti Sharma
BornAugust 24, 1997
Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Age22 years 346 days
TeamsIndia Women, India A Women, Trailblazers, India Women Red, Western Storm
NicknameDeepti Sharma
Bat StyleLeft Handed Bat
Bowl StyleRight-arm offbreak
Profile for Deepti Sharma. Profile Updated On 05 Wednesday August 2020 052517000000
Well, if you belong to the millennial generation and don't feel the need to use a smartphone at the age of 18, people might mistake you for being antisocial. Some might even single you out for being, perhaps, the only nerd in the group. Deepti Bhagwan Sharma - the versatile of versatilities in a game that she deeply loves - may not fit the modernized and ever-changing definition of trendy, but the star Indian all-rounder had her priorities set, in life of course, at a time when most of her fellow beings got busy schooling their brains regarding the brewing perks of social media.

To sum up Deepti's austerity in a nutshell would be: technology rather drifted into her life only after she was told about the need to be present in a common WhatsApp group of the Indian squad members.

Ironically, it was through that same WhatsApp group did Deepti learn about the magnitude of her innings against Ireland in May 2017. At a time when Indian and majority of the cricket fans got drenched in the ebbs and flows of IPL, the Agra-born superstar slammed 188 against Ireland in Potchefstroom to record the then second-highest individual score in Women's ODIs. She along with Punam Raut put up a 320-run stand for the opening wicket - the highest in international cricket - and became the first pair to register 300-run partnership in women's cricket.

Deepti's 'hall of fame' moment might have come at the age of 19, but it was at the age of 9 the roots of relentless passion for the game burgeoned. It's tough to be the youngest child, especially in a family constituting seven siblings. Attention (or the lack of it) issues, they say. But Deepti, being the youngest in her family, didn't have any of it. She, in fact, pestered her father - a retired officer with the Indian railways - to submit requests to her brother, Sumit to take her to ground so that she can get a feel of the game.

The ignition for the game didn't quite happen naturally though. At the age of 9, all Deepti wanted to do was to unravel all the hard-earned fame his brother enjoyed in local cricketing circles. Sumit, a former Uttar Pradesh pacer, had his bowling action modeled after Lakshimpathy Balaji - the former Indian speedstar - and no wonder, he's managed to create that tinge of excitement among the family.

As soon as Deepti started attending the practice sessions of her brother, she, more often than not, was mistaken for a being a boy thanks to her funky, slim-trim hairdo. Little did Deepti knew that one of such instances would land her in a road to achieving something she never dreamt of.

One fine day, at the Ekalavya Sports Stadium in Agra, Deepti was asked to toss the ball back to play after she got busy lurking at the net sessions which involved his brother and his mates. And when she did hurl it back, albeit sluggishly, the ball smashed the stumps. Hit the bullseye. Following that projectile was Hemlata Kala, the former Indian cricketer and the then chairperson of the BCCI's women's selection panel. And bam, came the moment.

Kala instantly enquired about that boy (yes, she got confused too) and later envisaged that the kid would go on to represent India someday. And that particular moment, injected the much-needed stimulation in Deepti's system and she never looked back since.

Deepti kept attending the auditions for the net few years, but was overlooked for state selections citing her age (she was below 15 then). Kala, however, ensured she got ample experience by taking her to nets at the Railway Camps in Delhi and Allahabad. Slowly and steadily, the progress of Deepti's all-round skills caught the attention of a few of the other selectors and Rita Dey - former Indian batter and selector, in particular, noticed the 'boundless enthusiasm' in Deepti which later helped her mentor the teenage girl.

Off-spin wasn't Deepti's natural skill. She had to switch to slow bowling after having tried medium-pace bowling for most of her early teen days. The switch to spin wasn't natural either. It was only after several recommendations from selectors and local coaches that Deepti mastered the art of spin owing to her height and the natural release of the ball.

It was only a matter of time before Deepti debuted for India as she kept rolling impressive performances in the state games and for the A side of course. She, eventually, made her debut at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru against South Africa in the series decider. Although India ended up on the losing side, Deepti recorded the second best bowling figures for India having made a couple of crucial breakthroughs while at it.

From that day, Deepti's place in the national squad was never in doubt and she had gathered a bundle of records even before reaching 20. A canny offbreak bowler, gritty batter, and an agile fielder would be Deepti's primary skills in her CV, but if you had discounted her situation-assessing skills then beware, she has all the potential in the world to become one of the best in the business and perhaps, someday, become the skipper of the Indian side.

Written by Raju Peethala
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